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Wednesday, 2 November 1927

Senator GRANT (New South Wales) . - Probably no question to-day is of more pressing importance than that of housing. In asking us to suspend the Standing Orders to enable this bill, which proposes to give effect to the Government's housing scheme, to be put through all its stages without delay, the Minister is not treating the Senate fairly. Iex pect that I shall be in order in dealing now to some extent; with the existing housing problem.

The PRESIDENT (Senator the Hon. Sir John Newlands). - The honorable senator will not be in order in doing so.

Senator GRANT - I wish to point out in a general way that the question is so important that this measure ought not to be disposed of in the summary manner indicated by the Minister. Housing, not only in Australia, but also throughout the civilized world, is daily becoming of more and more importance. It is unfair that, at the end of a fortnight's recess, the Senate should be asked to suspend its Standing Orders at least twice in an afternoon, when such a course is not essential. From my reading of the reports of the debates that already have taken place on this measure, I have come to the conclusion that it is not the intention of the Government to purchase one sheet of galvanized iron or one tile.

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