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Friday, 16 August 1974
Page: 1080


Senator CAVANAGH (South AustraliaMinister for Aboriginal Affairs) - Yes, I am told that basically it continues in the same vein and that deletion of it in this Bill would have the effect of precluding the use of Australian Government moneys for the purchase of plant for road works by either State governments or local councils. This would not have a major effect on State governments but could be quite serious for some councils who, we understand, depend on the Australian Government's road grants to purchase plant. As we said the provision was in the Commonwealth Aid Roads Act. The Opposition in the House of Representatives indicated that it wished to have this sub-clause deleted so that councils would not have to have individual pieces of plant financed from their own resources approved for road making programs. The statement of the Minister for Transport (Mr Charles Jones) which was tabled in the Senate during the second reading speech on the Road Grants Bill indicated that Tocal councils have to submit road programs for expenditure from their own resources for information only, not for approval. The Minister also explained that it was never the Government's intention to require the submission of individual items of plant for approval. I hope that answers the honourable senator's question.







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