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Thursday, 31 August 1989
Page: 660


Senator POWELL —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the Senate deplores the further reduction in real terms of Commonwealth Assistance Grants to local government in that such reductions place an additional burden on the community to accept either further local government rate increases above the Consumer Price Index or cuts to services, and calls on the Government to enter into meaningful consultation with the third tier of government, prior to setting grant levels, and so match its rhetoric regarding the partnership between the Federal Government and local government.