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Wednesday, 17 November 1976

Mr Eric Robinson (MCPHERSON, QUEENSLAND) - I move:

That the amendment be agreed to.

The amendment was made by the Senate following discussion between the Commonwealth Ministers involved and the Victorian Minister for Local Government, Mr Hunt. The purpose of the amendment is to provide the States with greater flexibility as to the form of the hearings of local government grants commissions. The amendment is of a minor technical nature and does not change the substance of clause 4 (b) (ii) which still requires that hearings of local government grants commissions in connection with the distribution of Commonwealth assistance to local government under the new tax sharing arrangements be held in public except in extraordinary circumstances.

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