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Wednesday, 19 June 1946

Mr FADDEN - In view of the facts that returned soldier organizations, the honorable member for Calare (Mr. Breen), and other persons have criticized the delay that has occurred in settling ex-servicemen on the land, and that the New South Wales Minister for Lands has predicted that, at the present rate, it will be sixteen years before some ex-servicemen will be settled on farms, 1 ask the Prime Minister to explain the reasons for the hold-up"? Will the right, honorable gentleman institute an inquiry into the lag in the settlement of ex-servicemen with a view to the taking of remedial action? I also ask him to make to the House a detailed statement on the subject. Mr. CHIFLEY.- I have been made aware that the Minister for Lands in New South Wales has stated that delays have occurred. There is an item on the business paper dealing with soldier land settlement. I have consulted the Minister for Post-war Reconstruction, and have also discussed the matter with the Premier of New South Wales, Mr. McKell. Some of Mr. Dunn's charges are completely unwarranted. I hope to afford an opportunity to the Minister later to 'make a reply at some length.

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