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Friday, 16 August 1974
Page: 1080


Senator STEELE HALL (South AustraliaLeader of the Liberal Movement) - I think that Senator Sir Magnus Cormack has perhaps missed the point. The previous reference and the previous arrangement was to be for the benefit of the States.


Senator Sir Magnus Cormack - I was replying to the Minister's comments.


Senator STEELE HALL -That may be so. But I would not like the central point of the argument to be clouded because it was, as I understand it, an advantage to the States in certain circumstances and they had the right to elect to use it. The clause read:

An amount or part of an amount expended or set aside for expenditure by a State on the purchase of road making plant may, if the State so elects, be treated Tor the purposes of this Act as an amount expended or set aside for expenditure as the case may be.

And then the various categories were listed. So that was for the States to decide. It is now worded differently and more widely. My question to the Minister, which he has answered, was about whether it is to act in a similar way; he says that it is. So, without being able to pin everything in a wider expression, I submit that it is still to the advantage of the States to have it in.







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