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Thursday, 5 December 1974
Page: 4775

Mr Lynch asked the Minister for Urban and Regional Development, upon notice:

Will he provide a list outlining the financial assistance payable to local government bodies in each Federal electoral division during 1974-75.

Mr Uren - The answer to the honourable member 's question is as follows:

The information requested is not available at this stage. The funding for programs administered by my Department and involving financial assistance to local authorities is made by way of payments to or for the States. Details of programs and projects are decided only after joint discussions have been held between the Australian Government and the State

Government concerned. Discussions concerning 1974-75 programs are continuing but have not been finalised.

Australian Government assistance to local government bodies is also provided through the Grants Commission. This program of assistance is administered by my colleague the Special Minister of State. The Grants Commission's First Report (1974) on Financial Assistance for Local Government, which was tabled in the House of Representatives on 23 August 1974, contains a breakdown of assistance to be made in 1974-75 to individual local government bodies and the basis on which the level of assistance was determined. It is not possible to determine accurately the level of such assistance on an electorate basis as in many cases local government and electorate boundaries do not coincide.

I refer the honourable member to the Grants Commission Report.

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