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Thursday, 9 December 1965

Mr Whitlam m asked the Treasurer, upon notice -

What statutory and other committees and authorities have been set up to recommend and supervise grants to the States?

Mr Harold Holt - The answer to the honorable member's question is as follows -

The following are the existing bodies that appear to fall within the scope of the question -

(i)   The Commonwealth Grants Commission is required, amongst other things, to report on applications made by States for financial assistance under Section 96 of the Constitution.

(ii)   The Australian Universities Commission is responsible, among other tasks, for recommending grants of financial assistance to be paid to each State for universities. The Commission also exercises a supervisory role in the expenditure of those grants.

(iii)   The Australian Research Grants Committee has been appointed to recommend grants for research projects of special merit for the remainder of the 1964-66 triennium. The Committee also advises on whether recipients of the grants comply with conditions laid down. Grants may be recommended for research projects within a university or non-Government research institution in a State. Grants to a State university are subject to a matching contribution by the State.

(iv)   Among other tasks, the Commonwealth Advisory Committee on Advanced Education has been appointed to recommend grants to the States for Colleges of Advanced Education.

Although there are other bodies that advise on certain aspects of grants to the States, they do not make recommendations affecting the total of a grant paid to a particular State.

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