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Wednesday, 23 November 1927

Senator NEEDHAM (Western Australia) . - The Minister has not named any municipal authority in Australia that has power to build houses, and he has not fully answered the question put to him in regard to the consultation with the States. It is truethat he said that all the State Governments or State Savings Bank authorities had been consulted except in the case of Western Australia. He said that the matter had been discussed with the savings bank authorities; but the Minister did not tell us that the State authorities had agreed to accept the scheme. I put this question, because clause 9 states definitely that no advance shall be made by the savings bank to any State authority unless the State housing legislation is amended to bring it into conformity with this measure.

Senator Sir WILLIAMGLASGOW (Queensland - Minister for Defence) [9.17]. - I have already told the honorable senator that either the State Governments or the State Savings Bank authorities administering the housing scheme in the various States, with the exception of Western Australia, were consulted. I cannot inform him whether they have agreed to adopt the scheme. Obviously an agreement on that point could not be reached until the legislation had been passed by this Parliament. I can, however, say that the indications are that the State authorities will accept it, and, where necessary, amend their legislation accordingly.

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