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Wednesday, 21 July 1926

Senator ELLIOTT (Victoria) . - In his usual adroit manner, Senator Pearce has attempted to refute the remark

I made, thatthe chief commissioner had admitted tome that he couldnot build houses in which artisans could live at Canberra because of their cost, by pointing out that there are now hundreds of artisans living there. Of coursethere are, but they are not living in houses for which they have paid. They are living in dwellings the costofwhich isunknown, bat which is estimated to be about £1,500 each, and they are paying from 25s. to 30s. a week in rent. The balance of the rental value is provided by a paternalGovernment. Therefore; the Minister's answer does not disposeof mypoint that, if workmen are to live at Canberra, houses will have to be sold to them at a reasonable cost.

Progress reported.

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