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Wednesday, 10 April 1957


Mr DUTHIE (WILMOT, TASMANIA) - My question is addressed to the Treasurer. May I first say, by way of explanation, that a Hobart firm which distributes 80 per cent, of the household doors sold in Tasmania has reported that its sales have fallen from 1,300 doors a month last year to 275 a month now, and that it has had to dismiss many men. In the light of this fact concerning a section of a very important industry, and in view of the facts that last week 75 men applied for six builders' labourers jobs, and that this business house confirms completely our suggestion that lack of home credit and finance is strangling a thriving industry, will the Treasurer consult Commonwealth Bank officials in order to have additional credit for home-building released immediately in each State, thus relieving unemployment and giving a financial blood transfusion to Australia's greatest industry?







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