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Tuesday, 15 March 1932

Mr RIORDAN (Kennedy) . - A soldier may have bought a house for £800, and he still owes £350, plus interest. Because he is unable to pay his instalments he surrenders the property. According to the amendment proposed by the honorable member for Werriwa (Mr. Mcnicoll), the commission may expend up to £40 on repairs, bringing the total capital debt to £840. At auction the property realizes only £600, and the soldier is liable for the balance of £240. As a potential owner of the home he should have the right to say whether the expenditure on repairs proposed by the commission is justified or whether he would prefer to take the risk of selling the house in its existing state, especially as the cost of repairs will be added to his liability. I invite the Minister to make a definite statement as to what will be the position of the soldier in circumstances such as I have outlined.

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