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Monday, 13 February 2012
Page: 971

Local Government

Debate resumed on the motion by Mr Oakeshott:

That this House request the Prime Minister and Treasurer to:

(1) direct the Commonwealth Grants Commission to allocate an annual fixed percentage of Goods and Services Tax (GST) revenue directly to the 654 local councils throughout Australia;

(2) include this annual allocation as part of the GST Review currently underway and for implementation through any required legislative or executive government processes; and

(3) consider constitutional recognition of local government only in the event of any successful legal challenge to the direct annual allocation of GST revenue to local councils within Australia.