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Wednesday, 12 October 1949

Mr BLAIN (NORTHERN TERRITORY) - I ask the Minister for the Interior whether he has read the report on civic administration made by Mr. H. J. R, Cole, A.I.C.A., Town Clerk of Hobart, which recommends the establishment of a city council for Canberra. If so, will the Minister consider making similar provision for Darwin and Alice

Springs? I draw the Minister's attention to the following passage which appears on page 9 of Mr. Cole's report : -

The difference between the maintenance portion of the vote and the revenue derived from the residents in rates, fees, charges and fares, is in effect a Federal subsidy to' the local government of the city. "Will the Minister bear that statement in mind when he establishes, as I hope that he will establish, councils in Darwin and Alice Springs?

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