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Thursday, 4 October 1956

Mr MENZIES - This again, I venture to say, is a purely argumentative matter, and I did not think it was appropriate for questions. The honorable member, in his short argument, raises the whole question of the relations between the Commonwealth and the State of Victoria in the tax reimbursement field and in the loan field. I do not know that he has anything to complain about unduly, because the tax reimbursement provided by this Government to the State of Victoria and to other States is, in fact, far greater than would be payable under the formula worked out by his own government with the States years ago. The Commonwealth Government has supplemented, by many millions of pounds each year, the amount payable under that formula. So far as the University of Melbourne is concerned. I think that it will not be heard to complain about the treatment meted out by this Government which, in fact, as the honorable member may know, is now, under a plan put forward by it some years ago, providing for the universities something of the order of £2,000,000 every year.

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