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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4635

Mr Collard asked the Treasurer, upon notice: -

(1)   What was the expenditure by the. Commonwealth under the Civil Work's Programme in each State and Territory in .each of the years 1969-70 and 1970-71.

(2)   What was the. expenditure under, the Pro gramme,- on a 'pet capita basis, in each-State and Territory, in each of the. years 1969-70 and 1970- 71 and what is the. estimated expenditure, on the same basis, for 1971-72.

(3)   What was the total revenue, on a per capita basis, received by the Commonwealth from' each State and Territory in each of the. years 1969-70 and 1970-71 and what is the estimated revenue, on the same basis, for 1971-72.

Mr Snedden - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(I)   and (2) The following information relates to civil works programmes under the control of the Department of Works, the Postmaster-General's Department, and the National Development Commission, details of which are given in the document 'Civil Works Programme' circulated by the Minister for Works. The expenditure figures for each State or Territory represent amounts expended or estimated to be expended on projects located within that State or Territory. It cannot, of course, be assumed that the ' whole of any amounts expended on projects located in a particular State or Territory would necessarily take the form of payments made within that State or Territory.


(3)   The information sought -by the > hutton table member fct nol readily, available' in the form requested, and preparation of the information would require very considerable time and effort. At the same lime, the value of any such dissection of Commonwealth revenues which might be prepared from the information available to my Department w doubtful. Various forms of indirect taxes, while collected on a Stale and Territory basis, may in (act often relate to sales of commodities outside the region from which they are collected and nol lo payments made by persons in that region. Similarly, incomes may be earned in a State other than that in which the income tax is paid. This applies particularly, to taxation paid by companies operating in more than one State.

A smaller but significant amount of Commonwealth revenue accrues from Commonwealth enterprises or may take the form of industry, levies and a miscellary of other receipts. Examples of such receipts are Reserve Bank and Commonwealth Banking Corporation profits paid to the consolidated Revenue Fund,' and repayment of principal from the Australian National Airlines Commission and Qantas. In view of a degree of centralisation of such revenue collections, there would be little meaning in a breakdown of these receipts by the States in which the amounts are collected.

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