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Wednesday, 30 November 1983
Page: 3128

Question No. 640


Mr Braithwaite asked the Minister for Territories and Local Government, upon notice, on 20 October 1983:

(1) When were the local government grants under the personal income tax sharing arrangements paid to each of the State Governments for the years 1982-83 and 1983-84.

(2) If there was a delay in the payment of the 1983-84 grants (a) what was the reason for the delay, (b) what was the saving to the Commonwealth in terms of interest for the time it remained undistributed compared to the 1982-83 year and (c) will this interest be disbursed to the States to be passed on to local government.

(3) Was the grant for Victoria passed on to local government immediately; if not, how many days delay were involved.


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

(1) Grants under the Local Government (Personal Income Tax Sharing) Act 1976 were paid to the State treasuries on the following dates:

Grants Paid

State

1982-83 1983-84

N.S.W. 26.8.82 21.9.83 Vic. 25.8.82 1.9.83 Qld. 25.8.82 5.9.83 W.A. 27.8.82 8.9.83 S.A. 26.8.82 20.9.83 Tas. 26.8.82 8.9.83

(2) (a) (b) and (c). There was no undue delay in the payments of the 1983-84 grants to the States. Grants are checked and processed as soon as possible after the receipt of the determinations of the Local Government Grants Commission in each State.

(3) This is a matter for the Victorian Government.