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Thursday, 19 September 1974
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Senator Bessell asked the Minister representing the Treasurer, upon notice:

(   1 ) Has Tasmania ceased to be a claimant State under the Grants Commission.

(2)   Did the Premier of Tasmania, Mr E. Reece, refuse to provide the people of that State with the detailed information on which this important decision was based; if so, were these details set out in a letter from the Prime Minister to Mr Reece.

(3)   If the answer to (2) is in the affirmative, will the Treasurer either table the letter, or make the pertinent details available, so that the people of Tasmania can be informed of this important decision.

Senator Wriedt - The Treasurer has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   It would not be appropriate for me to attempt to give information on the attitude that has been taken by a State

Premier in relation to the provision of information to his Parliament. The arrangements agreed between the Australian and Tasmanian Governments on this matter were confirmed in a letter from the Prime Minister to the Premier.

(3)   I see no reason for proposing to the Prime Minister that the correspondence should be made public. Information on the arrangements agreed between the two Governments was set out in a press release I issued on 1 1 June 1974. A copy of that statement would be available to the honourable senator.

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