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Thursday, 3 April 1941

The PRESIDENT - The matter which the honorable senator is discussing does not come within the scope of the bill.

Senator ASHLEY - The Government should, make provision for proper housing accommodation for the workers engaged in war industries. Already the

Government of New South Wales is providing about one-fifth of the necessary accommodation. Where, say, 500 houses are needed, only 100 are being built, and' the consequence is that disputes have developed over the question : " Who is to occupy the houses ? " The factory managers consider that the skilled men in the higher grades should be given preference, but such a decision naturally causes dissatisfaction amongst those in the lower grades. The only solution is for the Government to make adequate provision for the housing of employees in the war industries.

The PRESIDENT - The honorable senator must confine his remarks to the bill.

Senator ASHLEY - Having had experience in connexion with the eviction of ex-soldier.s from war service homes, I hope that better provision will be made for those who return from the present war and desire to establish homes.

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