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Thursday, 6 October 1927

Senator ANDREW (through Senator Foll) asked the Leader of the Government in the Senate, upon notice -

1.   Has the Minister's attention been drawn to serious statements regarding faulty workmanship in the construction of war service homes made at a conference of War Service Homes delegates appointed by the Victorian branches of the Returned Soldiers' League, which was held in Melbourne on 29th September?

2.   If the statements are correct, will the Government cause inquiries to be made with a view of obtaining compensation from the builders of these houses?

3.   Will steps be taken to prevent any more such faulty buildings being erected for the War Service Homes Commission?

Senator Sir WILLIAM GLASGOW - The answers to the honorable senator's questions are as follow: -

1.   Yes.

2.   Inquiries will be made into the statements, the result of which will determine what action the War Service Homes Commission will take in the matter.

3.   Every endeavour is and will be made to supply soundly constructed homes; but in many cases it is being found that repairs required later on are attributed to faulty construction, whereas they come within the category of maintenance items, and as such are the responsibility of the applicants.

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