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Friday, 3 December 1976

Mr WILSON (STURT, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Does the Prime Minister agree with the reported views of Professor Sawer, that despite the Government's federalism policy there will be a continued drift towards what he described as organic federalism, a type of federalism in which the Commonwealth sets all major policies, with the States retaining discretion only on administration and local adaption? Does the Prime Minister expect that the federalism policy will stem the growth of Commonwealth authority, or will Commonwealth domination continue, with the difference between this Government's federalism approach and that of Labor being only one of style and not of substance? What steps are being taken to lessen the Commonwealth 's dominance which now stems from the use of section 96 grants?

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