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Wednesday, 8 November 1967

Mr Hansen asked the Minister representing the Minister for Housing, upon notice:

1.   Has the cost of housing increased since the maximum loan for a war service home was last fixed?

2.   What was the average cost of a war service home in each State capital city during the year 1966-67?

3.   How many applications were received during the past year for additional loans for improvements to homes?

4.   How many applicants were successful?

Mr Bury (WENTWORTH, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Labour and National Service) - The Minister for Housing has supplied the following answers to the honourable member's questions:

1.   Yes. The average cost of building a dwelling in Australia has increased slowly and almost continuously for many years, in common with the cost of goods and services and average incomes. Part of the reason for the increased cost of housing lies in higher costs of materials and labour; part of the reason also is improved standards of construction and extra fixtures and fitments which are now included in the average building contract.

2.   Details of the average cost of homes erected under the War Service Homes Act, including the cost of land, in each State capital city in the year 1966-67 are as follows:


3 and 4. The number of applications received during the year ended 30th June 1967, from existing purchasers and borrowers for additional loans was 4,646. During the year 3,916 additional loans were granted.

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