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Thursday, 3 April 1941

Senator ASHLEY (New South Wales) . - I appreciate the Government's action in submitting the measure to Parliament so that provision may be made for the erection of homes for soldiers, airmen and nurses engaged in the present war. Some consideration, however, should be given to the housing needs of soldiers in industry. Much of the present-day industrial trouble is caused by the shortage of houses for the workers. Senator Keane stated that. 30,000 new houses are needed in the suburbs of Melbourne. I know that there is a serious housing shortage in New South Wales. Many workers in munitions and arms factories are compelled to travel long distances daily, in some instances 30 miles, to reach their work. I shall cite one example: A workman rises at 5 a.m., walks to a bus stop, catches a bus at 6 a.m., and reaches his work at 7 a.m. He does not return home till 8 p.m. Men who travel long distances to and from work spend practically all of their time working and sleeping. They have no leisure or recreation.

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