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Wednesday, 1 December 1976

Mr Les Johnson (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Treasurer, upon notice:

What was the amount of assistance given by the Australian Government to local government authorities during each of the last 10 years, and what percentage of the annual Federal expenditure was represented by this assistance in each year.

Mr Lynch - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:


2.   These figures were extracted from Table l,page 142, 1976-77 Budget Paper No. 1

3.   Figures under this heading were extracted from Chapter V of Payments to or for the States and Local Government Authorities 1 976-77 (Budget Paper No. 7) and from internal Treasury records.

4.   Payments to local government under the Employment Grants Schemes and the REDS scheme are shown separately as this assistance was of a temporary non-recurring nature and was provided for objectives other than those of making funds available for the normal functions of local government.

5.   The percentage figures may not add due to rounding.

6.   Less than 0.0 1 per cent.

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