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Thursday, 22 November 1973
Page: 2043


The PRESIDENT - Senator McManusshowed the tables to me before he rose to make his speech and they are capable of being incorporated in Hansard. He asks for leave to have them incorporated in Hansard. Is leave granted? There being no objection, leave is granted. (The tables and explanatory notes read as follows)-

ANALYSIS OF CERTAIN GOVERNMENT EXPENDITURE

1.   Special Appropriations as a Percentage of Total Annual Expenditure- In the four financial years 1970-71 to 1973-74 (Estimates), Special Appropriations have represented between 56 and 58 per cent of total revenue. These percentages are based on 'Total Consolidated Revenue Fund' rather than Total Outlays', which comprehend in addition certain transactions of the Loan and Trust Funds. If the percentage is based on Total Outlays, Special Appropriations have ranged between 52 and 56 per cent. (See Tables 1 and 2 attached.)

2.   Increase and Trend in Government Expenditure- At Table 3, the percentage increase in government expenditure is shown over the same period, 1970-71-1973-74, under the headings used in Table 1. While the percentage increase in Total Consolidated Revenue declined from 12.S per cent to 6.79 percent between 1970-71 and 1972-73, the 1973-74 Estimates indicate a proposed increase of 22.83 per cent. There was also a slight decline in the percentage increase in Total Outlays between 1970-71 and 1971-72, but Total Outlays rose again in 1972-73 and a significant increase is proposed in the current year.

3.   Increase and Trend in the Use of 'Tied' Payments to the States- In compiling the information at Tables 4 to 6, the classification used is as contained in the Budget Papers document Payments to or for the States, 1973-74 which defines tied' payments as 'Specific Purpose Payments' (p.l). The use of Specific Purpose Payments has increased each year since 1956-57, with the exception of 1968-69, when Specific Purpose Payments fell by nearly $7m. As Table 4 indicates, the trend in the increase of 'tied' payments was uneven for the period 1936-57/ 1 968-69, but since that time there has been a marked increase, from 17.56 per cent in 1969-70, to an estimated 77.83 per cent in 1973-74. Allocations to the States for Housing and Education account almost entirely for the marked increase in Specific Purpose Payments in the 1973-74 Estimates (See Table 5).

Tied' payments as a percentage of Total Payments to the States rose fairly steadily from 23.82 per cent to a peak of 3 1.39 per cent between 1959-60 and 1967-68. Between the financial years 1968-69 to 1970-7 1 the percentage declined slightly, until it reached 28.31 per cent in 1970-71. In the following year, however, the percentage rose to 31.44 per cent; in 1972-73 it rose by almost 4 per cent to 34.24 per cent while current estimates show a sharp rise to an estimated 47.02 per cent of Total Payments. (Table 6 refers.)

4.   The following tables are attached:

Table 1 -Government Expenditure 1970-71 to 1973-74.

Table 2- Special Appropriations as Percentage of:

1.   Total Consolidated Revenue Fund; and

2.   Total Outlays.

Table 3- Trends in Government Expenditure 1970-71 to 1973-74.

Table 4-Specific Purpose Payments 1956-57 to 1973-74.

Table 5- Payments to States for Housing and Education 1972-73to 1973-74.

Table 6- Specific Purpose Payments as a Percentage of Total Payments to States 1 959-60 to 1 973-74.

 

 

TABLE 5

PAYMENTS TO STATES FOR HOUSING AND EDUCATION 1972-73 TO 1973-74

(a)   Specific Purpose Payments to States for Housing and Education- 1972-73: Housing, $19,463,000; Education, $252,309,000; Total, $271,772,000. 1973-74: Housing, $241,091,000; Education, $612,295,000; Total, $853,386,000.

(b)   Total Specific Purpose Payments to States, excluding Housing and Education- 1972-73: $653,771,000; 1973-74: $792,205,000.

(c)   Percentage increase in Total Specific Purpose Payments 1973-74, excluding Housing and Education Payments- 17.51 per cent.

Source: Payments to or for the States, 1 973-74, pp. 90-93.

 


Senator McMANUS - There is another matter to which I wish to refer following a reply which I received the other day from the AttorneyGeneral to a question which I had asked. The question I asked related to the raids on the Croatian community which took place as long ago as 1 April 1973- a highly appropriate date. I am informed that 58 premises were raided by New South Wales and Commonwealth police on 1 April, that 25 charges of a criminal nature were laid and that some of them were of an unimportant character. I have no information about the others. I make this point: Sixty-eight people had property seized from their homes, but at least part of the property of 35 persons is still retained by New South Wales or Commonwealth police.

Now we are told that in some cases the police do not know where the owners are and that in many cases the material is being retained- at a time when we are about to discuss civil rights, I would like honourable senators to note. The police took the property of these people on 1 April 1973. Today, 7 months later, the police are still holding the property as evidence in relation to the possible commission of offences against the Crimes Act or for the purpose of further investigation as to the possible commission of such offences. The police have had 7 months in which to look at the property of these people, and the police are still hanging on to it because they think that some day it might work out that there is an offence in regard to the property. I think that is a scandalous attack upon the civil rights of people living in this country. Do the police suggest that they are hanging on to the property in case these people commit an offence in future or do the police mean that they are hanging on to the property because they are still scratching their heads and wondering whether an offence was committed? A couple of people wrote to me and said that their homes were invaded. One of them said that he and his children were taken to the police station at about 4 a.m. He was not allowed to go to the toilet without someone accompanying him. His children were held in the police station. All that they got to eat was a few biscuits, until he was released late in the morning. This man said that the police took not only personal effects and photographs but also his account books for the business which he was running, his cheque book, his bank book and all kinds of property. I do not know whether he has got them back in order that he may carry on his livelihood.

I consider that the Commonwealth Government and the New South Wales Government have been guilty of a grave and serious attack upon the rights of Australians. The police, having raided homes and taken property on 1 April 1973, say that they will hang on to the property in case they work out one day that these people have been guilty of an offence. I think it is absolutely scandalous. I think it is farcical to talk about a civil rights Bill and a civil rights debate when the Commonwealth Government and the New South Wales Government are equally at fault by permitting their police forces to commit the gravest infringement of the ordinary civil rights of people living in this country. I call upon the Commonwealth Government and the State Government either to charge these people or to return their property. The 2 governments should not put these people in a Kathleen mavourneen type position by saying: 'We will hang on to your property. One day we may think of charging you, but it may be for years, it may be forever'.







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