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Wednesday, 23 November 1927

Senator PAYNE (Tasmania) .- This matter has been exercising my mind a good deal, and I should like to have all doubts removed. If necessary, the clause can be amended. I understand that certain municipalities in Australia are empowered by State Acts of Parliament to carry out house-building schemes, but have not done so. In the definition clause, " authority " means, inter alia, a State or municipal authority which administers a scheme for providing or assisting in providing dwelling houses. To meet possible difficulties which I foresee, I suggest that after the word " administers " the words "" or has power to administer " be inserted. If this is done, municipalities which are empowered to administer housing schemes, but which have not been actively engaged in housing schemes, will be eligible to come under the scheme.

Senator Sir William Glasgow - If such municipalities have authority under a State act to build houses, they will be regarded as administering a scheme and be eligible.

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