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Thursday, 2 November 1967


Mr KELLY (WAKEFIELD, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Works) - The honourable member for Bennelong of course would be well aware of the problems posed to the building industry by the very large number and complexity of building codes in use throughout Australia. The matter is concerning the whole industry and the Department of Works also. There is a committee, as the honourable member for Bennelong suggested, which is headed by Mr Isaacs, the officer in charge of the Commonwealth Experimental Building Station, Sydney, who is guiding the difficult process through which these people are now moving. There is no doubt about the necessity for some unification. There is no doubt also that introducing this unification is very difficult. Not only does there have to be a consensus between the local authorities and the States but also there has to be as much uniformity as is possible between the various States and the Commonwealth. I can only assure the honourable member for Bennelong, that, difficult though the assignment may be, the Government is well aware that there is a very great need for uniformity. If more uniformity could be achieved, I am certain cheaper buildings would be erected.







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