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Thursday, 24 March 1927

Senator ELLIOTT (Victoria) . - I should like to know how returned soldiers who are members of the Public Service will be treated on being transferred to Canberra. If they already possess homes in Melbourne, will it be possible for them to get houses at Canberra on the same favorable terms?

Senator Crawford - If they do not already possess homes they will be able to get assistance under the War Service Homes Act.

Senator ELLIOTT - I understand that the Government is taking over the houses of transferred officers.

Senator Crawford - Yes; if it is the wish of the officers.

Senator ELLIOTT - Will those homes ultimately be disposed of by the Government ?

Senator Crawford - Yes.

Senator ELLIOTT - I wish to know if the man who has obtained a war service home, and hands it over to the Government on his transfer to Canberra, will be eligible to obtain a house at Canberra under the favorable terms laid down in the War Service Homes Act?

Senator Crawford - He will be able to do so.

Senator ELLIOTT - That is fair. If it were not done those officers who had obtained war service homes in Melbourne under favorable circumstances might be hampered in financing their homes at Canberra, where they will be called upon to pay extraordinarily high ground rents. If the War Service Homes Commission can facilitate their acquisition of homes at Canberra it should to a great extent relieve the situation. Private financiers will be very chary of advancing money on homes at the Federal Capital because of the large ground rents. It will soon eat into the margin of equity ifa house is vacant for a few months. I congratulate the War Service Homes Com- mission on the splendid work it has done. The successful operations of recent years have largely obliterated from the memory of returned soldiersthe mistakes of earlier years. An increase in the amount of the advance should remove some of the difficulties now encountered in securing homes for the £800 for which provision was made in the act. The present day cost of making roads is out of all proportion to what it was when the act was first brought in. For instance, at Seddon, near Melbourne, the occupiers of war service homes built by the Savings Bank have been called upon to pay amounts up to £200 for the concrete roads that the local municipal council has built to cope with motor transport. I hope that the passing of this bill will allow the Commonwealth to come to the assistance of those men and tide them over their difficulty.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time, and passed through its remaining stages without amendment or debate.

Sitting suspended from 12.58 to 2.15 p.m.

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