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Wednesday, 25 June 1941

Senator McBRIDE - The Treasurer has supplied the following answer: - 1 and 2. Data as to rents arc supplied each quarter by representative house agents in respect of a large sample of houses inspected and selected by Government Field Officers. There is a Field Officer j.n Tasmania whose duty it is to see that these rents arc correctly recorded for Launceston and other centres. A Supervising field Officer periodically inspects the work of the Field Officer to ensure that it is well and faithfully done. The whole is regularly reviewed each quarter by an experienced senior officer under the control of the Commonwealth Statistician. The Supervising Field Officer has just completed bis regular periodical inspection of the work on collection of prices and rents in Tasmania and will confer with the Commonwealth Statistician at an early date. I will ask the Statistician to make a special examination of. the house rents of the city of Launceston in order to meet the honorable senator's wishes.

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