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Tuesday, 22 March 1927

Senator CHAPMAN (South Australia) . - When speaking in committee I referred to the schedule in which provision is made for the amounts to be paid to the various States, and quoted figures to show that the per capita payments have consistently increased during a period of ten years. I stated that in the figures in the bill, which are an estimate, violent fluctuations occur. The Minister explained the apparent discrepancy and said that the amounts allocated in the schedule were based on a formula used in connexion with the Surplus Revenue Act. I am of the opinion that the amounts should be allocated to the States in such a way that they will not lose. The per capita payments were allocated under the formula used for ascertaining the amounts paid under the Surplus Revenue Act, and we have the assurance that these payments to the States are allocated on the same basis. I have no objection to offer to payments which are arrived at under this formula.

Senator McHugh - The honorable senator is willing to trust the Prime Minister.

Senator CHAPMAN - It is not a question of trusting the Prime Minister, but of knowing that the amounts will be allocated on a proper basis.

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