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ARMY HUTMENTS

EMPTINESS DEPLORED

"USE AS TEMPORARY HOMES" Parliamentary Reporter. WELLINGTON, this day. The suggestion he had made previously that use should be made of empty Army hutments round about the city of Auckland to provide temporary housing accommodation was renewed by Mr. Morton (Nat., Waitemata), speaking in the debate in the House of Representatives yesterday on the Housing Improvement Bill. Mr. Morton said there! were Army Hutments at Bayswater, Northcote and Birkenhead which had besn lying idle for nearly two years. They were by no means cramped or slumlike areas. Most of the hutments were lined, and all they required was- to -be fitted with individual stoves for cooking. A year ago he had taken the Prime Minister over those places. The Prime Minister had been impressed ' and said he would do what he could to make the huts available for soldiers and their families. Absolutely nothing had been done at all, continued Mr. Morton. It was exasperating to see such a state of affairs and the Government taking such an entirely negative attitude. When he had made his suggestion previously in the House he had received a cold reception, Government members contending that he was advocating the housing of people in dog boxes. That was not his idea. The position was tragic and if the Government did not wake up and do something about it there would be a great lot of trouble from ex-service-men.

Mr. Armstrong (Govt, Napier), said the member for Waitemata eould only talk about housing the people of Auckland in Army huts, which would become slums. He evidently preferred such a scheme to renovating and improving existing buildings and making them worth while. Something more was wanted than converting Army accommodation into homes for the people. If the proposals in the bill were carried out decent amenities would be provided for many families n~w hunting for houses.

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ARMY HUTMENTS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 189, 11 August 1945

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ARMY HUTMENTS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 189, 11 August 1945

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