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Tuesday, 15 November 1983
Page: 2745

Question No. 432


Mr Wells asked the Minister for Finance, upon notice, on 6 September 1983:

What Commonwealth funds, listed by purpose, in the form of (a) grants, (b) subsidies, (c) special purpose grants, (d) dollar for dollar contributions or (e ) other contributions have been partly or totally (i) received or (ii) returned or refused by the Queensland Government, from December 1972 to August 1983.


Mr Dawkins —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

In respect of my portfolio payments to the Queensland Government for the period 1 July 1972 to 31 August 1983 were made under natural disaster relief arrangements and under the wage pause program initiated by the previous Government.

PAYMENTS TO QUEENSLAND FOR NATURAL DISASTER RELIEF

Nature of payments

Capital Capital

Financial year

Recurrent Grants Loans Total

$'000 $'000 $'000 $'000

1972-73(a) 32 -74 (b) (b) -42

1973-74 3,990 23,869 (b) (b) 27,859

1974-75 113 25,509 1,212 26,834

1975-76 52 6,319 81 6,452

1976-77 45 10,645 449 11,139

1977-78 231 11,080 3,762 15,073

1978-79 1,755 5,773 1,434 8,962

1979-80 1,303 6,313 216 7,832

1980-81 8,583 6,705 6,755 22,043

1981-82 2,328 4,082 3,703 10,113

1982-83 15,808 3,379 22,597 41,784

To August 1983 1,512 309 5,487 7,308

35,752 103,909 45,696 185,357

(a) For the period 1 July 1972 to 30 June 1973 instead of from December 1972 as requested due to accounting records no longer being available.

(b) The grants/loans split is not available for 1972-73 and 1973-74.

Note: Further information in respect of natural disaster relief arrangements may be obtained from 1983-84 Budget Paper No. 7.

PAYMENTS TO QUEENSLAND UNDER WAGE PAUSE PROGRAM

$30.5m has been provided to Queensland by way of grants between February and August 1983.

PAYMENTS RETURNED OR REFUSED

Although I am unaware of any payments having been returned or refused an absolute assurance in this regard would require an exhaustive examination of detailed records over an eleven year period. I have not authorised the allocation of the considerable resources necessary to conduct such an examination.