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Wednesday, 18 November 1959

Mr DOWNER (ANGAS, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Immigration) - I think that, on this question of housing, it is only fair to remind the honorable gentleman that, as the figures given from time to time by the Minister for National Development show, the housing situation in Australia is most steadily improving and in a most praiseworthy way. Of course, we are conscious of the housing problem. Nonetheless, it is a great mistake to think of the problem as being of anything other than a short-term nature. So far as the honorable gentleman's particular question about the " open door " scheme for inducing British immigrants to come here is concerned we have made it quite plain that, upon their arrival, all the facilities of my department, and of the Department of Labour and National Service in relation to Commonwealth hostels, will be available to them and they can be given temporary accommodation until they make their own arrangements. So far, those arrangements have been proceeding, on the whole, quite satisfactorily.

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