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On 7 November 1947, H.D. Moseley was appointed Royal Commissioner to inquire into and report upon the following matters:
1) Whether the system and procedure of the State Housing Commission (the Commission) with reference to permits to build houses or other buildings, or to make extensions, additions or alterations to existing buildings, or with reference to the allocation of houses built by the Commission for rental, have been adequate for the purpose of meeting the respective needs and claims of applicants, and what changes (if any) could be made to improve such system and procedure.
2) With reference to any cases that may be brought before the Commission, whether or not the Commission, on the evidence before it, has assesed adequately the claims and needs of the applicants or granted any preference or priority not reasonably warranted, having regard to the building situation and the position of the applicant.
3) Whether the Commission has granted an unjustifiable preference to any of its officers by granting to them the occupancy of certain rental houses built by the Commission or by granting to them permits to build.
4) Whether, having due regard to the staff available for the purpose, the Commission has shown insufficient diligence and zeal in investigating the truth of statements made in applications for permits to build or to make extensions, additions and alterations to buildings, or in applications for the allocation of rental houses built by the Commission.
5) Whether, having due regard to the staff available for the purpose, the Commission has shown insufficient diligence and zeal in detecting offences against the provisions of the Building Operations and Building Materials Control Act 1945-1946, and the regulations made thereunder, or in instituting prosections for such offences.
6) Whether officers or employees of the Commission have engaged in private work during time which should be devoted to the service of the Commission.
7) Whether any offences or employees of the Commission have accepted any bribes or any illicit benefit or reward of any kind as a consideration for or as an inducement to such officer or employee doing any act or omitting to do any act set in the discharge or purported discharge of his duties as such officer or employee of the Commission.
8) Whether any of the officers of the Commission has been subject to wrong influences and, if so, to what extent (if any) the decisions and administration of any such officer have been affected by such influences.
The report of the Royal Commission was completed on 25 March 1948.