Published: 12 May 2013
Housing the Australian Nation by F. Oswald Barnett asnd W.O. Burt is about the needs for decent shelter - as well as regular and remunerative employment a sufficiency of food and clothing, security and care in sickness and old age, with ample time and opportunity for leisure and for the things of the mind and the soul. ( p 4)
The book attempts to set out the facts about housing in Australia in 1943 , what has been done to improve housing and what could and should be done under a more comprehensive scheme. The authors argue: Better homes help to make better citizens and better citizens inevitably raise the standard of social and national life. ( p 5)
The authors argue that the efforts of private enterprise and of the various States of the Commonwealth in the housing sphere have not been equal to the needs and demands of the nation. ( p 77) They conclude: There must be one uniform standard of housing for Australians - the best. Every Australian citizen in every part of the Commonwealth is entitled to decent shelter. It is an obligation, not of any particular State, but of the Australian nation to provide it, or the facilities for it." ( p 78)
When the book was published both authors were members of the Victotrian Housing Commission.
Housing the Australian Nation
F.Oswald Barnett and W.O. Burt
Research Group of the Left Book Club of Victoria