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Local authorities lose road funds to pay for referendums



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C O M M O N W EA LTH PARLIAMENTARY LIBRARY C. I. s.

LOCAL AUTHORITIES LOSE ROAD FUNDS TO PAY FOR REFERENDUMS

Wilson Tuckey, the Federal Member for O'Connor said today, "that the Hawke Labor Government had slashed Road funding from the 1988/89 forward estimates, a cut of $50m or 4%, which represents a drop of more than 10% in real terms".

Wilson Tuckey said that "this reduction of $50m was almost exactly the amount needed to pay for the four unnecessary Referendum questions that this socialist Government is planning to put to the people in September".

"This move is another slap in the face for Local Government, which has campaigned heavily for necessary increases, especially those in rural areas who have many local roads to maintain, and clearly shows just how little understanding the Hawke Government has of the needs for this type of infrastructure for viable rural production".

He said that "last year the Government had reduced road funding by $lm and has not increased its road funding in either nominal or real terms since 1984/85, representing a cut of almost 40% in road construction and repair.

Wilson Tuckey said that "this current blow of $50m for 1988/89 means that Local Authorities have returned to the funding of 1983/84 which was $ 1200m ( 1983/84 dollars)".

25th May 1988

FOR ENQUIRIES PLEASE CONTACT:- Wilson Tuckey MP - (062) 72.6814/7522 or (09) 325.4077 [w] (09) 277.3076 [h] Norm Haywood - (062) 72.6814/7522 or (09) 325.4077 [w] (09) 344.4021 [h]