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Local government funds 'cut, not boosted'



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OFFICE OF PHILIP RUDDOCK, M.P. MEMBER FOR DUNDAS SHADOW MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION AND ETHNIC AFFAIRS

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LOCAL- GOVERNMENT FUNDS "CUT, NOT BOOSTED. "

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o f t h e F e d e r a l Member f o r P a r r a m a t t a who i s c l a i m i n g t h a t f u n d s f o r

l o c a l g o v e r n m e n t h a v e b e e n b o o s t e d . 1

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t h e i m p o r t a n t t h i r d t i e r o f g o v e r n m e n t . '

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C i t y C o u n c i l wo u l d n o t be l i k e l y t o s p e a k o u t a g a i n s t t h e c u t s , s o he

w a n t e d t o ' s e t t h e r e c o r d s t r a i g h t . '

' T h e f a c t s a r e , t h a t u n t i l t h e G o v e r n m e n t ' s r e c e n t a n n o u n c e m e n t , l o c a l

g o v e r n m e n t a u t h o r i t i e s we r e t o r e c e i v e , e v e r y y e a r , 2% o f t h e t o t a l

o f p e r s o n a l i n c o me t a x c o l l e c t e d i n t h e p r e v i o u s y e a r . '

' U n d e r t h e g u i s e o f a " s p e c i a l a r r a n g e m e n t f o r 1 9 8 5 / 8 6 " , C o u n c i l s w i l l

now o n l y r e c e i v e an a mo u n t e q u a l t o t h e g r a n t t h e y r e c e i v e d i n 1 9 8 4 / 8 5

i n c r e a s e d i n r e a l t e r m s by 2 % . '

' By t h e G o v e r n m e n t ' s own a d m i s s i o n , i f t h e p r e v i o u s s y s t e m h a d b e e n -

c o n t i n u e d , l o c a l g o v e r n m e n t g r a n t s wo u l d h a v e i n c r e a s e d by n e a r l y 20%

o r some $97 m i l l i o n . '

Mr Ruddoc k s a i d t h e l o s s t o P a r r a m a t t a C i t y C o u n c i l u n d e r t h i s ' s p e c i a l

a r r a n g e m e n t ' w a s $ 3 5 0 , 0 0 0 , w i t h Ryde M u n i c i p a l C o u n c i l l o s i n g $ 1 9 5 , 0 0 0

a nd Ba u l k h a m H i l l s S h i r e C o u n c i l .: $ 2 0 0 , 0 0 0 .

' Y e t we h a v e t h e F e d e r a l MP f o r P a r r a m a t t a c r o w i n g a b o u t a 2% b o o s t i n

f u n d s ! . '

' O b v i o u s l y h i s p o s i t i o n i n t h e F e d e r a l M i n i s t r y n e c e s s i t a t e s t h a t he

m i s r e p r e s e n t s t h e f a c t s ' t o t h e p e o p l e he r e p r e s e n t s . '

Mr Ruddoc k s a i d t h e l o s s o f a n t i c i p a t e d f u n d i n g wo u l d make b u d g e t t i n g

' e x t r a o r d i n a r i l y d i f f i c u l t f o r l o c a l C o u n c i l s , p a r t i c u l a r l y i n v i e w o f

t h e f a c t t h a t r a t e i n c r e a s e s a r e s e t . '

At t h e p r e s e n t t i m e , a n a t i o n a l i n q u i r y i n t o l o c a l g o v e r n m e n t f i n a n c e

a r r a n g e m e n t s i s b e i n g u n d e r t a k e n w i t h t h e r e p o r t d u e t o go t o t h e

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o p p o r t u n i t y f o r a n h i s t o r i c r e a p p r a i s a l o f l o c a l g o v e r n m e n t

f u n c t i o n s a n d r e s o u r c e s . 1

' W h i l e C o u n c i l s h a v e b e e n d i s t r a c t e d p r e p a r i n g s u b m i s s i o n s f o r t h i s

h i s t o r i c r e a p p r a i s a l , t h e H a w k e " G o v e r n m e n t h a s s a v a g e l y c u t b a c k t h e i r

f u n d i n g l e v e l s f o r 1 9 8 5 / 8 6 . '

' A t t h e v e r y l e a s t , t h e F e d e r a l . G o v e r n m e n t s h o u l d h a v e a w a i t e d t h e

c o m p l e t i o n o f t h e I n q u i r y r a t h e r t h a n w r e c k i n g t h e b u d g e t a r y p l a n s o f

l o c a l g o v e r n m e n t a t t h i s l a t e s t a g e . '