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Friday, 16 August 1974
Page: 1085

Senator CAVANAGH (South AustraliaMinister for Aboriginal Affairs) - All I say is that the amendment is not acceptable to the Government. We believe that the words 'only to the extent that the Treasurer is satisfied that they are required by the State' are necessary. To be eligible for grants a State must have an approved program of works. If a State does not have sufficient works to qualify for the total grant or in an extreme situation has not submitted an approved program there will be no sense in providing the total grant. The grants can be spent only on the approved programs. If the State cannot spend the full grant why pay moneys over to it and seek to have part of the moneys repaid? The real intention of the Bill is that we pay for approved projects. What would happen under the old regulations if the approved projects did not commence or the money was not available? We cannot simply pay for something that the States want which has not been approved.

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