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Thursday, 5 December 1974
Page: 4734

Mr Bungey asked the Minister for Services and Property, upon notice:

What recurring ex gratia payments, either in lieu of rates or otherwise, are made to municipal and shire councils in Western Australia.

Mr Daly - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

I refer the honourable member to the answer given to the Right Honourable the Leader of the Opposition to Question No. 569 (Hansard, 15 October 1974, page 2371 ).

As pointed out in that answer, ex gratia payments are made in lieu of rates and services in certain cases only. Due to their very nature, they are not considered to be 'recurrent ex gratia payments ' as each case is, upon receipt of the claim, considered as an individual assessment and determined on its merits.

To ascertain the annual total of ex gratia payments to municipal and shire councils in Western Australia would involve a detailed check of individual payments made by all departments. The considerable effort entailed would not appear to be justified.

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