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Tuesday, 15 March 1932

Mr FRANCIS (Moreton) (Assistant Minister) . - The Government cannot accept this amendment, but will accept the amendment moved by the honorable member for Werriwa (Mr. McNicoll), and temporarily withdrawn. Consideration has been given to the arguments advanced by the honorable member for Balaclava (Mr. White), and I wish to assure him and other honorable members that the commission will not incur any expense for repairs and renovations beyond the minimum amount necessary to effect a satisfactory sale of any property. As an evidence of the bona fides of the Government in this connexion, I am willing to stipulate that not more than £40 shall be spent in this way in any one case. I do not desire honorable members to imagine, however, that £40 will be spent in every instance. Only so much money will be spent as will put the property into a saleable condition. Such expenditure will be in the best interests of the soldier who may have an equity in the house, the commission, and the Government.

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