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Thursday, 1 August 1946

Mr DRAKEFORD - I shall be glad to have the honorable member's question examined, but I again remind the House that the decision has been made that houses and other property surplus to the requirements of any service must be declared surplus and made available to the Disposals Commission.

Mr White - Does that apply to the Somers Camp?

Mr DRAKEFORD - It applies to all places where buildings have been erected for war purposes. Whilst I am prepared to listen to all representations and convey them to the proper authority, it should be realized that many questions directed to service Ministers about the bousing of people on service property ought to be directed to the Minister in control of the Commonwealth Disposals Commission.

Mr Bernard Corser - Who is the Minister ?

Mr DRAKEFORD - The Minister lor Supply and Shipping. I realize that cx-servicemen naturally think that I have control of vacant buildings on property used by the Air Force during the war. I :im anxious to assist in the re-housing of ex-servicemen. I shall have the matter re-examined and supply the honorable member with an answer, to his question. I repeat, however, that the proper course for people and councils concerned to take is to make application to the Disposals Commission to have the houses made available for the purpose so desired.

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