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Wednesday, 11 November 1959


Mr TURNER (BRADFIELD, NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is directed to the Prime Minister. By way of preface I refer to three relevant facts. The Department of National Development has stated, first, that the number of dwellings constructed in 1958-59 was 84,000; secondly, that the accumulated shortage of dwellings, due to the depression and the war, will be overcome with:n the next two years; and thirdly, that the number of dwellings needed annually in three years' time will be about 60,000. My point is that in three years time, if the estimates of the department are correct, there will be considerable surplus capacity in the building industry. In view not only of the social but also of the economic requirements, has the Government yet considered methods of tackling the next phase of the housing problem? In particular, will the Prime Minister consider asking the Minister for National Development to confer with State Ministers regarding the making of a start now on the complex and lengthy task of preparing slum clearance schemes, and will he give thought to the financial implications so far as this Government is concerned?







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