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Wednesday, 3 May 1939


Mr Barnard d asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   Has his attention been directed to a reported statement by the Assistant Minister (Mr. Harrison) in Sydney on the 27th February that "although the Federal Government was not constitutionally permitted to deal with housing . . . the Federal and State governments should jointly plan the use of the revenue and loan money available to them to solve that common problem"?

2.   Has he seen the further statement by the Assistant Minister that "an active slum clearing policy would mean much to the health of the community . . . "?

3.   Did the second statement express the view of the Government?

4.   Is there any constitutional barrier to the Commonwealth Government carrying out housing operations in the Australian Capital Territory ?

5.   Will he apply the "active slum clearing policy" towards providing proper residences forthose persons at present occupying undesirable government structures at the Causeway, Molonglo and Westlake?


Mr Menzies - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows : - 1 and 2. I have seen the statements referred to.

3.   The Government agrees that an important factor in the improvement of the health of the people is the provision of suitable housing.

4.   No.

5.   As residences become available, unsuitable houses are being demolished.







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