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Tuesday, 6 August 1946

Mr BERNARD CORSER (WIDE BAY, QUEENSLAND) - Has the Prime Minister received a resolution from eleven combined ex-servicemen's associations in Brisbane urging the Commonwealth Government to take immediate action to provide houses for exservicemen, their wives and children? What does the Government propose to do about it, andwill unused Royal Australian Air Force and Army huts be made available ?

Mr CHIFLEY - As the honorable member knows, there is a housing agreement between the States and the Commonwealth which provides that 50 per cent. of all the houses erected shall be allotted to ex-servicemen. It may be assumed that the Common wealth and State Governments, whatever their party affiliations, are anxious that as many houses as possible shall be built. How- ever, there was much lee-way to be made up. Even before the war, there was a shortage of 250,000 houses, and the deficiency has become more acute since then because, during the war, it was not possible to devote materials and labour to home construction. As far as I can see, everything possible is now being done to provide homes, always having regard to the availability of materials and labour.

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