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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4557

Mr Grassby asked the Minister for Trade and Industry, upon notice:

(1)   Did he' tell the National Press Club in Canberra on 1st November 1971 that the delay in the work of the Federal-States officials' committee on decentralisation established 6 years ago, which has yet to produce a definitive report, was not all the fault of the Commonwealth.

(2)   Did he blame the relaxed attitude of some of the State governments for the delay.

(3)   If so, which State governments are at fault and what have they failed to do.

Mr Anthony - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows: (1), (2) and (3) My remarks were in general terms, having in mind the time it has taken to complete the range of studies being co-ordinated by the Committee, some of which were carried out by the Commonwealth and some by the States. Details of these studies were given to the honourable member in answer to Question No. 3117 (Hansard, 6th May 1971, page 2866). I would point out however, that on the occasion referred to by the honourable member I went on to state: 'I think there have been difficulties in having common interests, as to how they ought to pursue decentralisation, and I am sure that in the future we are going to see more activity'.

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