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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4567

Mr Kennedy asked the Minister for Primary Industry, upon notice:

(1)   What (a) number and (b) percentage of -applications for assistance under the rural- reconstruction scheme for (i) farm build-up and (ii) debt reconstruction have been (A) received, (B) accepted" and (C) rejected in (1) each State and Territory and (II) the Commonwealth.

(2)   How many applications are still under consideration. - (3) What sum has been advanced by the Commonwealth to each State for (a) farm build-up and (b) debt reconstruction, and what sum has been expended by each State Government from the advance to date.

Mr Sinclair - The . answers to the honourable member's questions are as follows:

(1)   and (2) The Stales Grants (Rural Reconstruction) Act 1971, does not provide for grants to finance reconstruction of farms in Commonwealth territories.

The -attached table-- provides information supplied by State reconstruction authorities in answer to questions (1) and (2) from the inception of the Scheme until 30.h November 1971.


(3)   Under the States. Grants (Rural Reconstruction) Aci the States are required to utilise any funds available to the State from balances arising from the operation of the Commonwealth Loan (Farmers' Debt Adjustment) Act before any financial assistance is provided by the Commonwealth tinder the rural reconstruction scheme.

Up to 7th December 041Y N.S.W. and W.A. had requested advances from the funds available under the Rural Reconstruction Scheme. $10m has been advanced, to N.S.W. and $3m to W.A. The States did not specify how much of these advances were to be used for farm build-up and how much for debt reconstruction.

At this time a disection of expenditure on farm build-up and debt reconstruction is not available. Total expenditure by the States on rural recon- .struction, from the inception of the scheme to 30th November has been:

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