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Thursday, 25 August 1983
Page: 258


Mr BRAITHWAITE —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That this House-

(1) Notes that-

(a) The increase in the allocation of tax sharing grants to local government for 1983-84 is 8.2 per cent compared with a rise in the inflation rate of 11.2 per cent and an increase in grants to the States by 11.8 per cent, and

(b) demands placed on local government authorities that wish to participate in the Community Employment Program, to contribute 30 per cent of its cost, and

(2) condemns the Government for dishonouring its election commitment to maintain the real level of tax sharing grants to local government and for weakening the financial position of local government in a most wilfull and destructive manner, and

(3) calls on the Government to meet the financial needs of local government by increasing the grant by a further 3 per cent to meet its pre-election commitment .