CALLS FOR HOUSES
AUSTRALIAN STEP Priority Only To Urgent Defence Works N.Z.P.A. Special correspondent SYDNEY, July 16. With ever-increasing calls for more homes being made in Australia, the newly-appointed Minister of Housing, Mr. H. P. Lazzarini, has taken a major step to ease the housing shortage. He announced that in future all housing will carry priority second only to urgent defence works. The State Governments will be asked to apply the new housing priority in advance of all but the most essential State works. Servicemen and their dependents will have their housing needs met first and at least 50 per cent of Governmentsponsored homes will be reserved For them. Experimental Houses The bulk of the" permits for building will be issued to building societies, public bodies and contractors. Experimental houses, embodying new features, will be built in all the capital cities, and special measures will be taken to stimulate the production of materials in short supply. The building trade will be invited to place all its . resources behind the drive to produce prefabricated houses. Meanwhile the New South Wales Minister of Housing, Mr. J. McGirr, has announced sweeping changes to speed the construction of houses in that State. The Public Works Department will take over the building of day-labour projects. Internal roads in subdivisions acquired for housing projects will be constructed by the Main Roads Board or by local municipal councils. "We must give homes to the people," said Mr. McGirr, "and it is the intention of the State Government to use the services of every organisation and every individual capable of helping us."
Prime Minister's Interest
The Daily Telegraph Canberra correspondent says the appointment of Mr. Lazzarini as the Minister of Housing is interpreted as meaning that Mr. Chifley will take a special personal interest in this Ministry. Mr. Chifley knows that housing and other shortages couid mean the downfall of nis Government next year.
The Canberra correspondent of the Sydney Morning Herald says the key to the solution of the problem is manpower, and the Government's plan for service releases has this well in mind. A conference of all Federal Ministers and Departmental heads concerned with housing will be held this week to regroup their activities.
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CALLS FOR HOUSES, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 167, 17 July 1945
CALLS FOR HOUSES Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 167, 17 July 1945
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