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Thursday, 24 May 1973
Page: 2608

Debate resumed from 23 May (vide page 2558), on motion by Mr Whitlam:

That the Bill be now read a second time.

Upon which Mr Anthony had moved by way of amendment:

That all words after 'That' be omitted with a view to inserting the following words in place thereof: - while not refusing to give the Bill a second reading, this House deplores the establishment of a complex new bureaucratic Commonwealth mechanism and is of opinion that the Bill should have provided that (a) immediate consultations be held with the States to determine the financial requirements of local Government taking into account their loan commitments, their overall financial responsibilities and the burden of rates on ratepayers, .Jb) funds provided to meet these requirements should be allocated to State Governments for distribution to local Government in accordance with priorities determined by the States after consultation with local Government, and (c) payments should commence in 1973-74'.







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