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Wednesday, 26 June 1946

Mr LAZZARINI (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Works and Housing) -I have arranged, through the Director General of works, for an architect to visit South Australia, and subsequently to report to me as to the suitability of houses constructed in concrete and the advisability of having a larger number of them erected.

Mr.RANKIN. - Can the Minister for Works and Housing say whether it is a fact that the vice-chairman of the Victorian Housing Commission, Mr.O.F. Barnett, accused him of " flagrant misrepresentation and of attempting to gull the public by stating that the Government's housing quota of 24,000 would be achieved this year ? If so, in view of the fact that last month it was reported that 80,000 Victorian families were without homes, and as only 1,067 homes werebuilt in Victoria in, the twenty months up to last December, does not the Minister consider that it is about time the Government gave up talking about targets and built a few more houses?

Mr LAZZARINI - . The statement attributed to Mr. Barnett was published in yesterday's Melbourne Argus,butMr. Barnett told me by telephone last night that it had been " cooked up" in the Argus office. He denied having said anything about the matter . As for the other part of the honorable member's question, we are not just talking about houses, we are building them. The honorable member is trying to make this subject a political football for use during the coming election campaign.

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