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Friday, 16 August 1974
Page: 1079

Senator DURACK (Western Australia) -Sub-clause (6) deals broadly with the same problem of excessive central control by the Federal Minister over State and local authorities which we discussed in relation to sub-clause ( 1 ). However, sub-clause (6) goes a little further even than that because it provides that an approved program under the Act for the construction of road works may require approval of the particulars of the project as well as approval of the program itself, and those particulars of the project may include such things as the road making plant to be used in the construction and maintenance of roads under that program. Under this sub-clause the Minister may require a local authority to purchase a particular type of grader or other road equipment to be used by either a State government, a main roads department or a country roads board.

I move:

Leave out sub-clause (6).

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