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Wednesday, 16 October 1974
Page: 1739


Senator MISSEN - I ask my question of the Minister representing the Special Minister of State. My question relates to the confusion which has arisen in relation to the procedures laid down for applications for financial assistance by local government bodies to the Grants Commission. I ask: Does the Minister agree that there is some confusion in the brochure forwarded to local government bodies which refers, at one point, to the Prime Minister's statement that applications for assistance with single purpose or specific developmental projects will not be the concern of the Grants Commission, yet advises that councils may identify particular expenditure or revenue disabilities likely to justify their claim for financial assistance? Does he agree that in Victoria at least, certain councils have enumerated specific projects and have received grants for these purposes while other councils have refrained from doing so and have suffered accordingly? Is he prepared to re-examine and clarify the brochure to ensure that obscurities will be removed so as to assist in the preparation of applications for the forthcoming year?


Senator WILLESEE -I will refer Senator Missen 's question to the Special Minister of State and obtain an answer for him.







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