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SHANTIES FOR AGED ' WOMAN M.P.'S CRITICISM Parliamentary Reporter. WELLINGTON, this day. Criticising the suggestion of the National member for Waitemata, Mr. H. T. Morton, that big houses should be put outside the provisions of the Fair Rents Act, Miss Mabel Howard (Govt., Christchurch East), speaking in the Address-in-Reply debate in the House of Representatives yesterday, said she wished to tell the House what was happening in Christchurch. "In Christchurch, unfortunately, we have two or three women who buy houses and build little shanties round the yards and let them to oldage pensioners," said Miss Howard. "They feed off the pensioners and get nice big bank rolls. I am only living for the day when we will have enough new houses to condemn those shanties and stop the money, their life blood, going from the pensioners into the pockets of those people. What Mr. Morton has suggested would only protect those women and allow them to do 100 per cent of that dispicable game." Discussing housing generally, Miss Howard expressed the view that if the housing difficulties could be settled not much complaint would be heard from outside the house. However, they had to get down to a different method of building and use alternative materials wherever possible. She considered that a general conference in Wellington of members of the House, with expert engineers, builders, labourers and tradesmen who knew all the different methods of building, would be inost valuable and get somewhere, but she did ndt want "pen-pushers" from the Housing Department, who thought they were experts, to be present.

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'DESPICABLE GAME', Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 165, 14 July 1945

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'DESPICABLE GAME' Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 165, 14 July 1945

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