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Thursday, 2 December 1976

Mr MALCOLM FRASER - I know that the Treasurer was making arrangements for the funds to be paid to the States immediately on the passage and proclamation of the Bill. I therefore expect that local government will receive payment very shortly indeed. As the honourable gentleman would know, some thought that payments should be spread over a considerable period on a monthly or quarterly basis. Because of representations from local government and because of the Government's concern and understanding for the position of local government, we have made it quite plain that the funds will be made available as one lump sum payment to all local governments. I expect those payments to be made virtually forthwith. In future years the payments will be made virtually as soon as this Parliament is advised of the division of funds among the local governing bodies. In this year there were some additional delays because the legislation had to be passed through the Parliament.

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