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Wednesday, 31 July 1946

Mr LAZZARINI (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Works and Housing) - I brought the honorable gentleman's representations to the notice of the Ministerfor Labour and

Industry in New South Wales. Unfortunately, as with most other building materials throughout Australia, there is a shortage of roofing tiles. Building materials are usually made in each State to meet local requirements, and the Commonwealth Department of Works and Housing is not responsible for the distribution of materials intra-state or interstate. When certain materials are manufactured in only two States, the department allots supplies from the pool so that each State shall get a reasonable quota. I asked the Minister for Labour and Industry in New South Wales to ascertain whether action could be taken to expedite the manufacture of tiles, but I remind the honorable member for Hunter that roofing tiles are made by private enterprise and, asin many other directions, private enterprise is apparently falling down on the job.

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