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Tuesday, 16 February 1971
Page: 90


Mr Keogh asked the Treasurer, upon notice:

(1)   Do statistics reveal that the Australian marine industry is now an important secondary industry providing employment for many persons in both skilled and semi-skilled trades.

(2)   Is he able to say whether week-end boating activities and professional fishing requirements are seriously affected by the lack of Commonwealth finance lo the various Slates to provide marine facilities for boat owners.

(3)   ls he able to say whether the New Zealand Government allows a rebate of 15 cents per gallon on petrol used for any type of marine activity.

(4)   If so. will he give consideration to an alteration of present Government policy so as to make a percentage of the petrol tax available to the Stales for use in the development of suitable marine facilities.


Mr Bury - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows: (lj I am aware that there are various important industries, large and small, that collectively could bc regarded as comprising the Australian marine industry.

(2)   I. do not wish to comment on the adequacy of marine facilities provided by the States. The Slates have available substantial funds, including assistance provided by the Commonwealth, which they may use for any purpose, including the provision of marine facilities.

(3)   lt is understood that a rebate of 14.8 cents per gallon is allowed by the New Zealand Government on motor spirit used by marine vessels engaged in other than commercial activities. For commercial vessels the total duly of 1 8.1 cents per gallon is rebated.

(4)   This is a matter of policy. However, as a general rule, the Government does not consider ii appropriate for there to be a link between the proceeds of a tax and expenditure on a particular type of activity or facility. Since 1959 there has been no relationship between petrol tax proceeds and Commonwealth road grams to the States.







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