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Thursday, 15 September 1949

Mrs BLACKBURN (BOURKE, VICTORIA) - Will the Minister for Works and Housing give an estimate, approximate or otherwise, of the cost of conversion of brick huts and other munitions buildings at Maribyrnong into living quarters for migrants? What building materials are used in this work ? Has the Government priority for timber, gypsum lining boards, nails, and the like, or is the material used allocated after the housing needs of the State have been determined ? If timbers are imported for this purpose, what timbers are being so imported and at what cost? Will the Minister personally inspect iron huts that have been brought from overseas for this purpose after they have been erected and partitioned into small cubicles, and determine whether they provide suitable living quarters for workers in the Australian climate? If he should decide that they are unsuitable, will he arrange that they shall conform, at least in respect of ventilation and air content, with Australian standards so that the health of those who live in them may be safeguarded ?

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