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Friday, 25 May 1973
Page: 2726

Mr KING (Wimmera) - Like the honourable member for Griffith (Mr Donald Cameron) I believe it is an honour to get the opportunity to speak in this place. I have assured the Minister for Housing (Mr Les Johnson) that in view of the time I will not take long to make my remarks. I want to draw to the attention of the Minister the important amendment which seeks to omit the word 'thirty' and substitute the word fifty'. For people outside this place who do not understand what is meant by this wording, it means of course that50 per cent of the Commonwealth funds to be made available could be used for houses which may be purchased. There is no doubt at all in the minds of many people in Australia that there is a big demand for low-rental homes, or for that matter even rental homes.

I believe that we should congratulate the Victorian Minister for Housing who negotiated this issue and was able to achieve an increase from nil homes to be available for purchase to at least 30 per cent of the homes to be built for purchase. The only thing I regret is that the Federal Minister cannot see his way clear to permit a further increase to 50 per cent because I believe that in the long term that is what we want. At the beginning of my speech I said that I would not delay the House for long. I wish I had more time to speak on this matter because there are many points which I would have liked to raise.

Question resolved in the negative.

Amendment negatived.

Original question resolved in theaffirmative.

Bill agreed to.

Bill reported without amendment; report adopted.

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