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Wednesday, 3 May 1961

Mr ROBERTON - It is my proud privilege, Mr. Speaker, to represent the Minister for National Development, who is responsible for the administration of the War Service Homes Division. I will be happy to discuss with the Minister the matter raised by the honorable member for Ballaarat. It is the Minister's constant aim to have the waiting period for loans reduced and finally abolished. However, I think he would wish me to remind the House that the primary purpose of the War Service Homes Act is to encourage the construction of new homes. It would be possible to make all the funds of the War Service Homes Division available for advances for the purchase of existing homes, but this, of course, would defeat the primary purpose of the act.

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