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Wednesday, 28 November 1973
Page: 2184

Senator MCAULIFFE (QUEENSLAND) - My question is addressed to the Minister representing the Minister for Housing and the Minister for Works. By way of preface I say that in reply to a question I asked yesterday regarding an increase of over 40 per cent in the cost of houses by A. V. Jennings Industries (Aust.) Ltd it was said that that company implied that the figures were incorrect and that the increase was 14 per cent. I now ask the Minister: Is it a fact that the price published by A. V. Jennings Industries in July 1972 of an Amberley type 3-bedroom brick home was $ 1 1,076 and of a similar Barwon style home was $ 10,249? Is it also a fact that the present prices of an Amberley and Barwon style home are now approximately $15,800 and $14,900 respectively, being increases of 42.6 per cent and 45 per cent which are much greater that the 14 per cent increase claimed by A. V. Jennings Industries and given in the Minister's reply to me yesterday?

Senator CAVANAGH - I think the honourable senator has made his point but he will recall my reply was that, I think, in the last 12 months the price of a home built to the same plans and specifications increased by 14 per cent. I do not think that this is necessarily a contradiction in relation to the type of home which A. V. Jennings Industries is building today compared with what it built 12 months ago. Whether it is the same home built according to the same plans or whether there are inbuilt additions in the present-day home I do not know but the figures I gave to the honourable senator yesterday were supplied by Jennings. It is that company's claim. I cannot add anything. If there is doubt about those figures all I can say is that they are the company 's figures.

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