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Wednesday, 9 March 1932

Mr FRANCIS (Moreton) (AssistantMinister for Defence) .- The Government has given close consideration to representations which have been submitted by returned soldiers and other members of the Commonwealth Parliament, the Returned Sailors and Soldiers Imperial League of Australia, and other returned soldier organizations that a committee be appointed to inquire into the unsatisf actory circumstances of many purchasers' of war service homes, with the object of formulating proposals in the interest of purchasers and of the war service homes scheme. The Government is sympathetic toward these purchasers, and wishes to ensure their continued occupation of their homes, provided this can be done with justice to the men themselves, and to the taxpayers. Accordingly the Government felt that the matter could best be dealt with in the first place by means of investigation by an independent body. Ithas therefore appointed the following returned soldier members of the Commonwealth Public Service to act as a committee of inquiry: -

Chairman.- Mr. J. L. Treloar, O.B.E., Director of the Australian War Memorial, Home Affairs Department, Melbourne; previously acted as Secretary of the Australian Section of the Wembley Exhibition.

Member. - Mr. W. C. Thomas, Dip. Com. L.I.C.A., Sub-Accountant, Commonwealth Treasury, Canberra; is also Custodian of ExPropriated Property, Public Trustee and Controller of the Clearing Office.

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