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Thursday, 25 November 1965

Mr OPPERMAN (CORIO, VICTORIA) (Minister for Immigration) - The honorable member said that the statement was made in London by the Agent-General for New

South Wales. It has not been brought to my attention, but I will make inquiries about it. The honorable member referred to housing. We like migrants to know the facts. In some States, houses are available at short notice.

Mr Calwell - Where?

Mr OPPERMAN - Houses are available at short notice in South Australia where a Liberal Government, which was in office for a long time, had a housing scheme that operated to the benefit of South Australia and of migrants. A Labour Government was in office in New South Wales for a long time and this has made it extremely difficult for migrants to obtain housing there as quickly as they can in other States. I will make inquiries into the statement that the honorable member mentioned. I am sure that there is some good foundation for it. However, migrants should know the truth about housing and I will go into the matter as soon as possible.

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