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Campaign Speech, Tangney Electorate



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PRESS RELEASE BY THE LEADER OF THE 74/78

8/5/1974 SNEDDEN OPPOSITION Ύ Γ! -ΤΓ'

LUNCHTIME MEETING TANGNEY ELECTORATE: EXTRACT FROM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Local government Is the level of government closest to the people

and community needs. It is where people see the tangibly results of

government action whether it he on roads or sewerage, child care

centres, public health services or other matters.

The coalition Parties are committed over the next three years to

provide $100 million as well as continuing all current programs

undertaken this financial year involving local government spending

Grants in the future will be administered through the States

directly or through/£ocal Government Gjrants Commissions which the

States will.esta.Uish, A major difference between the Liberal/

Country Party Government and Labor is that we will provide money

without strings,

We will not order States or the local government to specify every

minute detail of every project. Nor will we misuse constitutional

powers to stand over the other levels of government. Labor policy

is directed towards the growth of large Canberra super structures

ostensively to provide assistance to the States but in reality to

duplicate and otherwise interfere with State and local governments

The aim of Federal Government spending should be *?o provide as much

money for local services, child care centres, recreational facilities

and the like for the least cost in terms of the number of bureaucrats

required to deliver them. Government spending should not be

delayed and restricted by a Labor Government bent on confrontation

and wrangling with the States in demarkation disputes over

particular projects.

Liberal Government will unequivocally grant money without detailed

condition/"'"11^* have said the States will receive a fixed proportion

of personal income revenue and I reiterate this commitment. This

reform will end the unproductive, expensive and unnecessary

arguments which the Labor Government has promoted through its -

ambition for control from Canberra.

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Cooperative federalism and partnership is our way. Labor's is

conflict: and confrontation. . r

This conflict situation will be further aggravated if the

referendum to" grant the Commonwealth powers to grant money

directly to local government is passed on May 18. Instead of

provoking conflict amongst six States a Labor Government will be

able to create havoc amongst 900 municipalities and untold number

of quasi-regional commissions that Labor would establish to further

confuse the Australian public.

To preserve federalism I have urged and continue to urge the

people to vote 'No' to this and the other referenda. I have

said we would grant locaf government aid over the next three years.

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I am conscious of the need for community aspirations to be fulfilled

but not by Canberra bureaucrats but by the people themselves closest

to where the effects of decision-making will be felt.