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Thursday, 2 May 1957

Mr ANDERSON (Hume) . - A number of people in my electorate have asked me to bring to the notice of the Government the shortage of houses in the electorate. I have good reason to believe that these electors are not necessarily supporters of mine, but it is the duty of a member, when he is asked by a group of electors to bring something to the notice of the Government, to do so. Recently, there was a debate on housing in this House on a matter of urgency raised by the Opposition. In my opinion, in that debate the Government made out a very strong case in support of its activities in the housing field. In answer to a question which was asked in this House yesterday the Treasurer (Sir Arthur Fadden) said -

Of course there are cases of hardship with regard to housing. They exist all over the world, but there is less evidence of hardship in Australia than in any other country in the world..

Whatever will be done with regard to housing will bc considered, as it has always been considered, in connexion with the financial proposals that will be contained in the budget.

I should be glad if, when a survey of housing is made, the Minister for National Development (Senator Spooner) will bear in mind the requirements of the Hume electorate. Before I conclude, I must say that I hold the opinion that, as was proved in the debate to which I have referred, housing is essentially a State responsibility.

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