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Friday, 16 July 1926

Senator PEARCE (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) - The right honorable the Prime Minister has supplied the following replies: - -

The Government has not made a promise in the terms suggested by the honorable senator, but, as has been announced on previous occasions, steps are being taken with a view to protecting public servants from financial less in certain specific respects. For instance, the Government has formulated a scheme for the purchase of the Melbourne homes of officers who will be transferred to Canberra in 1927, and the Public Service Board has been requested to take into consideration the question of a cost of living allowance for 'those officers.

Regarding the question of the prices at which homes will be available at Canberra for rent or purchase, the Public Service Board, to whom the matter was referred by theGovernment, has appointed a committee which is at present inquiring as to the differences, if any, which exist between the costs of construction of houses in Melbourne and Canberra respectively. Upon receipt of the committee's report the matter will be considered by the Public Service Board.

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