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Wednesday, 1 December 1976

Mr Les Johnson (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for Environment, Housing and Community Development, upon notice:

(1)   What Federal funds were provided for sewerage reticulation works in each State in each of the years 1965-66 to 1975-76.

(2)   What amount is provided for sewerage reticulation works in each of the States in the Budget for 1 976-77.

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

(1)   1965-66 to 1972-73: Nil. 1973-74: New South Wales $9.7m; Victoria $3.3m; Queensland $1.0m; South Australia SI. 6m; Western Australia $2.7m; Tasmania Nil.

From 1974-75 onwards. Commonwealth financial assistance to State sewerage is of a 'total program ' nature with the Commonwealth allocating specific amounts to Authorities to assist their total programs of approved sewerage works comprehending sewerage reticulation, trunk sewers and treatment plants. The exact amount of Commonwealth funds spent on sewerage reticulation works in each State is not available to my Department.

(2)   Information not available as explained in part ( 1 ).

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