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Thursday, 10 May 1928

Mr McGRATH (through Mr. Fen) (ton) asked the Minister for Home and Territories, upon notice -

1.   What is the total cost per fortnight for a six-roomed house valued at £1,600, built on land valued at £350, including house rent, ground rent, kerbing and guttering charges, hedge planting, general, lighting, water, sewerage, rood, and any other rates, showing each item separately) ?

2.   After paying these charges each fortnight, what would a resident in the Territory, with a salary of £300 per annum, have left to provide food, clothing, doctor's and dentist's fees, and other necessaries for his family?

3.   Will the Minister make a full statement of the position to the House, indicating what action the Government proposes to take to give some relief to those residing in the Territory who are being forced to pay not only excessive house and ground rentals, but heavy rates as well?

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