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Thursday, 21 March 1957

Censure Amendment

Debate resumed from 20th March (vide page 76), on motion by Mr. Forbes -

That the following Address-in-Reply to the Speech of His Excellency the Governor-General be agreed to -

May it Please Your Excellency -

We, the House of Representatives of the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia, in Parliament assembled, desire to express our loyalty to our Most Gracious Sovereign, and to thank Your Excellency for the Speech which you have been pleased to address to Parliament.

Upon which Dr. Evatt had moved, by way of amendment -

That the following words be added to the Address: - " but add -

1.   That the Government is censured for the statement of Housing policy made by the Prime Minister on 7th March last and for the acute social ills caused by its continued failure to establish, in conjunction with the States, a National Housing Plan.

2.   This failure has been largely caused by the provision of inadequate finance for home building for -

(a)   State Governments;

(b)   War Service Homes;

(c)   Co-operative Building Societies;

(d)   Australians seeking to build their own homes.

3.   The National Plan should have regard to -

(a)   the immediate reduction of migrant intake;

(b)   employment of the maximum work force in the home-building industry;

(c)   availability of materials.

4.   It should also provide for -

(a)   priority to home building over less essential private investment;

(b)   provision of sufficient finance to promote home ownership at low rates of interest ".

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