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Tuesday, 19 March 1957

Mr SPEAKER - Order! What is the question? I think the honorable member is asking a series of questions.

Mr WARD - I am just concluding now.

Mr SPEAKER - The honorable member should come to the question.

Mr WARD - Is it a fact that the only requirement necessary to achieve a considerable step-up in the construction of dwellings is the availability of finance on reasonable terms, which is not at present available because of the Government's credit restriction policy and its failure to take action to regulate interest rates, which have now reached record heights; and finally-

Mr SPEAKER - Order! The honorable member is out of order. He must either put his question now or resume his seat.

Mr WARD - I am putting it. I said " finally ". Finally, does the Prime Minister regard housing as a national problem requiring action on a nation-wide basis and if so, when does he propose to take steps to correct the present tragic situation?

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