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Wednesday, 31 July 1946


Mr CHIFLEY (MACQUARIE, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Prime Minister) - I cannot offhand answer allthe honorable member's ques-, tions. Since 1930 or 1931, it has been the practice to pay unconditionally to the' States a certain proportion of the proceeds of the petrol tax. Before that, the act contained a condition providing that the works on which the money was expended had to be approved by the Commonwealth Minister for Works. I cannot say how much money the States have spent of the amount which they received, or how much they have kept in reserve for future reconstruction work I shall endeavour to obtain the information for the honorable, member.







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