Bills Digest no. 68 1976
Defence Service Homes Amendment Bill 1976
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Defence Service Homes Amendment Bill
Date introduced: 17 November
Portfolio: Veterans Affairs
Introduced into the House of
Representatives, 3 December 1976, by Hon. K Newman, Minister for
Environment, Housing & Community Development and Minister
representing the Minister for Veterans Affairs.
To substitute for the Australian
Housing Corporation, which has extensive functions and powers and a
membership of eight, a Defence Service Homes Corporation whose sole
function is to administer the Defence Service Homes Scheme and the
affairs of which are to be conducted and controlled by the
Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The Australian Housing Corporation
was established by the Labor Government s Australian Housing
Corporation Act 1975 which received Royal Assent on 18 April 1975.
The Corporation is a statutory authority designed to participate in
the building, sale and lease of dwellings and in the provision of
finance for land purchase and dwelling construction. It also
assumed the responsibilities of the Director of Defence Service
The creation of the Australian
Housing Corporation was opposed by the Liberal NCP Opposition on
the grounds that it represented an unnecessary and undesirable
duplication of services already available, particularly those
provided by the State authorities. Their attitude was confirmed
following an investigation after coming to power, and on 2 February
1976 the Prime Minister, Mr. Fraser, announced his intention to
abolish the Corporation.
This Bill seeks to repeal the
provisions of the Australian Housing Corporation Act other than
those related to the Defence Service Homes Scheme. One effect will
be that the Corporation will have no members (clause 8).
The remainder of the Corporation is
to be renamed the Defence Service Homes Corporation, continuing as
a corporate entity solely for the purpose of administering the
Defence Service Homes Act 1918 (clause 8).
The Australian Housing Corporation
Act, as amended, is to be renamed the Defence Service Homes
Corporation Act (clauses 5, 6).
The staff of the Corporation do not
appear to be affected by the Bill except the General Manager whose
office is abolished by the repeal of Part IV (clause 8).
Finance, Industries, Trade and Development Group
7 December 1976
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