To the Editor
It has been said that after every great war the victors adopt the policies of the vanquished. Newspaper correspondents who ask for more Government regulation may not mean New Zealand to travel the German road, but should seriously consider whether this is not the culmination of requests to have things done to them. One thing that Government does well is making regulations, and compulsion is right down Bureaucrat Alley. The State has not two, but hundreds of hands ignorant of each other's doing. Your correspondents who wish the State to billet people on householders with "spare" rooms should ask themselves whether their purpose could not be served without compulsion. Housing problems largely result from the State denying priority in materials and labour for work designed to make existing buildings suitable for more than one family. .The easy way is abandoned for the more work-making task of new building. Every fresh carpenter who comes to town not only requires accommodation but creates fresh work for those, who service him and who also require accommodation. To compel old-age pensioners to take in lodgers would give the old people the ■ trouble, and reduce their pensions by the rent they receive. There are many other objections, but if people really want regulations they will get them, until perhaps New Zealand may show Germany a few points. A. E. ROBINSON.
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CORRESPONDENTS' VIEWS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 166, 16 July 1945
CORRESPONDENTS' VIEWS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 166, 16 July 1945
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