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Wednesday, 1 September 1920

Mr MAKIN asked the Minister representing the Minister for Repatriation, upon notice -

1.   What number of houses have been constructed by the Commonwealth Government to 30th June, 1920, for the housing of returned soldiers ?

2.   What is the average cost per house?

3.   What is the number of such houses built in the respective States?

Mr POYNTON - The Commissioner advises as follows: -

1.   Seven hundred and sixty-seven at 30th June. Since then 434 more bouses have been completed, whilst 2,733 are now in course of construction.

2.   The average cost of completed houses ranges from £558 to £670, according to type of house erected, locality, &c. The average cost of completed houses throughout the Commonwealth is £616. This does not include the value of land, which figure is not available, as applicants in many instances purchased their own land.

3.   New South Wales, 211; Victoria, 47; Queensland, 395; Western Australia, 77; South Australia, 9; Tasmania, 28. Work in South

Australia has been suspended in consequence of representations made regarding similar activities undertaken by the State.

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