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Friday, 25 May 1973
Page: 2723

The CHAIRMAN (Mr Scholes - Order! 1 suggest that, as the honourable member is speaking in Committee, it would be a good idea if he referred to the Bill.

Mr DONALD CAMERON (GRIFFITH, QUEENSLAND) - I am talking about the way in which we are endeavouring to increase from 30 per cent to 50 per cent the proportion of dwellings which the State governments through their housing commissions, will be able to sell. In speaking to the amendment, I point out that home ownership is higher in this country than in any other country. No doubt the policies of the previous Government in many ways have contributed to this. Unfortunately, because of this Government's desire to rush legislation through, it is very difficult to be allowed sufficient time in which to set out clearly what is being done. In respect of home ownership I notice that in Canada 65 per cent of people own their own homes, in Denmark the figure is 44 per cent, in England and Wales it is 47 per cent, in Norway it is 53 per cent, in Sweden it is 35 per cent, in the United States of America it is 62 per cent and in Australia it is 70.8 per cent - the highest in the world.

Yet this new Government comes in here imposing restrictions on young people endeavouring to purchase their own homes. In the long term this will have the effect of creating a nation of renters, people who will never own anything. This is very much in accord with the Labor Party's philosophical approach of keeping people down because it believes that if it keeps them down they will never know better and perhaps they will keep voting Labor. The Minister and honourable members opposite may laugh, but this is a fact. I do not believe that this Federal Government is any more capable-

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