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Thursday, 28 May 1942

Mr CHIFLEY (Macquarie Treasurer) (6:55 AM) . I move -

That the words and figures -


be left out with a view to insert in lieu thereof the following words and figures: -


This increase of the grant to Western Australia is due to a re-examination of the saving which will be effected in income tax administrative costs in that State. The State had represented that the estimated saving of £53,000 was excessive and asked for a re-examination of the matter. On re-examination, it has been found that it would be fair to assess the saving at £30,000, thereby increasing the grant to that State by £23,000.

The increase of the grant to Tasmania follows upon the recommendation of the Commonwealth Grants Commission after it had examined the claim submitted by the Government of that State. I laid the report of the commission on the table of the House yesterday. The commission recommended that the grant should be increased to £900,000, and the adoption of the recommendation means that, after the deduction of the saving of £12,000 in administrative costs, the grant to Tasmania will be £888,000.

Amendment agreed to.

Schedule, as amended, agreed to.

Title agreed to.

Bill reported with an amendment; report adopted.

Bill read a third time.

Sitting suspended from 7 to9.50 a.m.

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