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Tuesday, 13 December 1927

Senator OGDEN (Tasmania) .- I do not profess to understand the agreement; but I should like to be certain whether the War Service Homes Commission will lose entire control of the work to be undertaken in Victoria when this agreement has been ratified. The Agricultural Bank in Tasmania at present acts for the War Service Homes Commission in that State, but the commission still retains complete control and is capable of hearing appeals in the event of a dispute. I am unable to ascertain whether that right is preserved under this agreement or whether the whole work is to be handed over to the State Bank of Victoria. If that is so it seems that the Commonwealth Government is finding the money, and is giving power to the bank, which does not accept any responsibility. As mentioned by Senator Dun can the commission seems to be losing entire control, and the occupants of War Service Homes will have no right of appeal.

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