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Tuesday, 21 June 1949

Mr BEALE (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I address a question to the Minister for Works and Housing in relation to the very unsatisfactory state of affairs which exists in regard to certain State housing projects at Ermington and Rydalmere in my. own electorate. Some houses built by the New South Wales Housing Commission have for a long time been unsatisfactory because of faulty construction and defective drainage, and representations to the commission have produced no results. As the Commonwealth is the financing authority for State housing projects, can the Minister say whether the Commonwealth is prepared to intervene to ensure that the people who occupy houses erected by the Housing Commission have suitable and comfortable accommodation? If the Commonwealth has at present no legal power to intervene, is the Government prepared to bring down legislation to ensure that people are satisfactorily housed ?

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