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Thursday, 15 March 1973
Page: 600

Mr KERIN (MACARTHUR, NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is directed to the Minister for Housing. Is it a fact that serving members of the armed forces are not allowed to buy New South Wales Housing Commission homes? Is this a matter in which the national Government has no say? If so, would the Minister be prepared to discuss the situation with the New South Wales Government?

Mr Les Johnson (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) - As I understand the position, servicemen are entitled to apply for Housing Commission homes in the same way as any other citizen is, but some houses are set aside for priority use by the services, t know the honourable member has a special interest in the Nowra- Jervis Bay area. There is a shortage of homes in that area, and it is reasonable that the Housing Commission should ensure that homes provided there are retained for use by servicemen. Otherwise there is no restriction at all. The problem is generally to the effect that there is an inadequacy of Housing Commission homes throughout Australia and, as the honourable member knows the Government is giving high priority to the consideration of that problem.

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