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Wednesday, 22 August 1984
Page: 196

(Question No. 927)

Senator Elstob asked the Minister representing the Special Minister of State, upon notice, on 1 June 1984:

(1) Have funds been provided by the Commonwealth to the Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Trust; if so, in what years and in what amounts.

(2) Have any of these amounts been provided on the basis of a similar amount being made available by a State government; if so, what amount and which State government.

(3) Is any other form of assistance provided by the Commonwealth, such as tax deductibility for private donations to the Trust.

Senator Gareth Evans —The Acting Special Minister of State has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) Commonwealth contributions to the Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Trust have been as follows:

1978-79 $400,000, establishment cost; 1979-80 $2,000,000, direct Commonwealth contribution; $1,925,642, Commonwealth grant to match dollar-for-dollar contributions by State Governments, private enterprise and individual donors; 1980-81 Nil; 1981-82 $100,000, Commonwealth Government contribution to match the Victorian Government's final contribution.

(2) The former Government decided in 1979 to match all donations, including those from State governments, on a dollar-for-dollar basis. The amounts donated by State governments, which were matched by the Commonwealth, were as follows:

1978-79Queensland $150,000; Western Australia $100,000; 1979-80 Victoria $200, 000; South Australia $50,000; Tasmania $25,000; 1980-81 Victoria $100,000.

(3) The Income Tax Assessment Act provides that private donations to the Trust, over $2, are tax deductible.