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Thursday, 9 December 1976
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Mr Les McMahon (SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister representing the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister in Federal Affairs, upon notice:

What sum in Federal funds was allocated to the Municipalities of:

(a)   Leichhardt,

(b)   South Sydney and

(c)   Sydney in each year since 1 970.

Mr Viner - The Minister Assisting the Prime Minister in Federal Affairs has provided the following information for answer to the honourable member's question:

Federal funds in the form of general revenue grants have been provided since 1974-75. Allocations to these Municipalities have been:

(a)   Leichhardt Municipal Council-

1974-75 $205,000; 1975-76 $300,000;

1976-77 $450,000.

(   b ) South Sydney Municipal Council-

1974- 75 $72,000; 1975-76 $150,000;

1976-77 $275,000.

(c)   Sydney City Council- 1974-75 Nil; 1975- 76 Nil; 1976-77 $450,000.

In 1974-75 and 1975-76 the funds were paid direct to local government on the recommendation of the Commonwealth Grants Commission.

From 1976-77, under the Commonwealth Government's new tax sharing arrangements, the New South Wales Government will distribute funds to local government authorities in the State. For 1976-77 the New South Wales Government distributed one-third of its entitlement to all Councils on the basis that 87½ per cent of the amount was distributed on a per capita basis and the balance as an additional grant to Councils with a population density of less than 25 persons per square kilometre. The remaining twothirds of the entitlement was distributed to Councils on the recommendation of the New South Wales Local Government Grants Commission.

Other payments to local government authorities have been made since 1970 from a range of specific programs, some of which may be made on the initiative of State Governments without further reference to the Commonwealth Government The Commonwealth does not have information on all these payments to individual local government authorities.

Interdepartmental Committee on Freedom of Information (Question No. 1740)

Mr Chipp asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(   1 ) With reference to the undertaking to enact Freedom of Information legislation, which has been given on 2 occasions in 1976, has the Government received the report of the interdepartmental committee to which the matter has been referred.

(2)   ) Did the Royal Commission on Australian Government Administration publish a report on Freedom of Information including a draft Bill earlier in 1 976.

(3)   If so, has the interdepartmental committee been instructed to consider this report and draft Bill and report to the Government.

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

(1)   Yes.

(2   ) Yes. A minority report.

(3)   The IDC was not specifically instructed to consider the minority report and the draft Bill but it took account of them in making its report.

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