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Thursday, 13 October 1955

Mr McMAHON (LOWE, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Social Services) - The honorable member was good enough to direct my attention to the fact that, since the Government approved the granting of temporary finance in respect of existing properties, it was highly desirable that valuations should be completed as quickly as possible and that in appropriate cases the applicant should be given a letter approving the granting of temporary finance. Subsequently, complaints were received, particularly from the honorable member for Shortland and the honorable member for Robertson, that delays in the making of valuations were occurring in the areas mentioned by the honorable member for Robertson. A thorough review has been made, and I am very glad to be able to say that, with one possible exception, no delays have taken place. A report that is now on my table lists each of the applications, the date of application, and the date on which the valuation was completed. The one possible exception applies to a property in an outlying district, many miles from Newcastle, .Gosford or Woy Woy, which the valuer was not able to inspect quickly, but he is now valuing that property and will put in his valuation within a very short time. I am very glad of the action that has been taken by the honorable gentleman, because it does permit us to check upon the efficiency and rapidity with which the work of the division is done, and I am. pleased to be able to say that as a result of the examination made no delays, or no unreasonable delays, have come to my knowledge. I am certain that the honorable gentleman, and every other honorable member who sits on the Government benches, will be glad to know that during the last few days the head-quarters of the Returned Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen's Imperial League of Australia has written to the division, thanking it for the promptness and efficiency with which it makes these valuations, and for the courtesy it shows' to ex-servicemen when the league approaches the division to obtain some help.

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