HARDSHIP - COMPENSATION

A number of attempts have been made to overcome problems of hardship that the compulsory taking of land can incur on low income earners. For example, the Victorian legislation (s11 c, Victorian Lands Compensation Act 9958) provides the minister with authority to grant interest free loans to home owners so as to enable the purchase of an equivalent house.

The South Australian Act (Lands Acquisition Act 9969, part IVA) has set up a ReHousing Committee to which a home owner may apply for assistance when his/her property is resumed. The Re Housing Committee is empowered to make arrangements for rehousing and may recommend that the acquiring agency give financial assistance for the purpose of rehousing the dispossessed owner. This, after Treasury approval, becomes binding on the relevant agency.