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Tuesday, 15 March 1932

Mr JAMES (Hunter) .- I move -

That after the word " determines ", proposed new sub-section1c, paragraph a, the following words be inserted " providing the purchaser or borrower has been and is in reasonable employment ".

It is not fair that the War Service Homes Commission should be the sole judge of the extent of the repairs and renovations necessary to any particular property. Many occupants of war service homes are, to-day, in a desperate plight, and severe hardship would be inflicted upon them if they were obliged to submit to the extensive renovation of their homes. Even if they were not called upon to pay for the work immediately, the liability in respect of it would be added to their total indebtedness and so their accumulated arrears would be increased. The officers of the commission should not be allowed to enter anybody's home for the purpose of effecting repairs or renovations unless the occupant or the purchaser is willing. I hope the Government will accept my amendment.

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