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Thursday, 22 July 1920

Mr POYNTON (GREY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Home and Territories) - The Commissioner advises as follows: -

1.   Yes.

2.   The War Service Homes Act does not permit of advances being made in respect of other than freeholds, and it is not possible, apart from this, to contemplate any advance upon a security which, in the event of the failure on the part of the tenant to comply with any conditions imposed by the State Government, would revert, not to the Commonwealth, which would advance the money for the buildings, but to the State Government, as landlord.

3.   See answer to No. 2. The Queensland Government has been asked to agree to the conversion of such areas into freehold, but this it has so far declined to do, and, in addition, has refused to issue a title should the Commonwealth, under power contained in the War Service Homes Act, compulsorily acquire miners' homestead leases and similar titles for the purpose of converting them into freehold.

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