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Tuesday, 9 October 1973
Page: 1810

Mr Lloyd asked the Minister representing the Special Minister of State, upon notice:

(1)   How will the Grants Commission ascertain what is a standard not appreciably below the standards of local governments in the same or other regions.

(2)   What criteria will the Commonwealth use in determining a standard.

(3)   Did the Government consider providing section 96 grants for local government, with the grants to be administered by State local government departments.

(4)   If so, why was the Grants Commission alternative preferred.

Mr Daly - The Special Minister of State has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   and (2) This will be a matter for the Members of the Grants Commission to inquire into and report upon in the course of their examination of applications by local governing bodies for financial assistance.

(3)   and (4) The Australian Labor Party has long advocated that local governing bodies have access to the Grants Commission. This has now been accomplished with the provision of legislative authority for the Commission to enquire into and report upon applications by local governing bodies for financial assistance from the Australian Government.

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