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Thursday, 24 October 1974
Page: 1926

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) -My question is addressed to the Minister representing the Special Minister of State. Is the Minister aware that the Local Government Association of Western Australia has alleged that there is discrimination by the Federal Government in the treatment of applications for unemployment grants to authorities in that State? Will the Minister outline the criteria to be met before a local government authority qualifies for a grant? In view of the serious allegations, will he also table in the Senate lists of Western Australian local authorities which have applied for grants and those which have had their applications approved?

The PRESIDENT - Order ! Before Senator Willesee, the Minister representing the Special Minister of State, answers that question, I should like to say how pleased we are to see him back recovered from his indisposition.

Senator WILLESEE (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Foreign Affairs) -I will have to get the Minister for Health on to this problem of influenza. I take it that Senator Drake-Brockman is talking about the grants that fall within the responsibility of the Australian Grants Commission?

Senator Drake-Brockman - No.

Senator WILLESEE -A11 right. There is a lot of detail involved in the question. I am aware that there is some dissatisfaction. I will refer the question to the Minister and get a reply for the honourable senator as soon as I can.

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