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Wednesday, 6 May 1942

Mr CHIFLEY (MACQUARIE, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Treasurer) - After a complete survey of the labour and material available in Australia, the Government reluctantly found that it would not be possible tocarry out the original proposed housing scheme for munitions workers which was being undertaken in New South Wales by the State Government. Due to the urgency of other works for which priority was essential, the Government was forced to consider the necessity for arranging for temporary accommodation for munition workers in all States with the exception of Tasmania. A similar difficulty arose in South Australia, where it had been arranged that the State Government should construct 500 houses. Because of the absence of labour and material in each State, the Workers Housing Trust, which comes under the jurisdiction of the Minister for Labour and Nations. Service, after surveying the field incon unction with Treasury officials and the Director-General of Allied Works,found that it would not be possible tocarry out the scheme. It is now proposed to arrange for a scheme of temporary houses for munitions workers adjacent tothe various factories in each State.

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