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Wednesday, 31 March 1965

Senator HENTY - This is an interesting question. The level of rates levied by a shire council is a matter entirely in the hands of the council. The council can compute the rate under the decimal system which will return the same amount of money as it is getting under the present system. This being so, there should be no difficulty. If the council wants to obtain more money it can compute a rate under the decimal system to return this greater amount. Conversely, if it wants a lesser amount than it is getting now it can go down the scale and make the appropriate computation. The imposition of rates is in the hands of the council itself, and the council has to answer to the ratepayers for its rate fixation.

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