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Thursday, 20 May 1920

Dr MALONEY (MELBOURNE, VICTORIA) .- I have been informed that last year the War Service Homes Department seized or commandeered all the supplies of brick and cement, and that this has interfered with the ordinary business of contractors. Once before in this State, when there was a great dearth of bricks, the late Sir Thomas Bent was man enough to start making them, and he supplied them to the Government Departments, and to the public, at a price considerably less than had formerly been charged. The architects of Australia complain of the way in which the work in connexion with the building of War Service homes has been apportioned. I hope that before we meet again they will be more fairly treated, and that my suggestion in regard to the making of bricks and cement by the Government, with the assistance of returned soldiers, if necessary, will be given effect to.

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