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Thursday, 13 October 1949


Mr Adermann n asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice -

1.   What was the amount of finance made available to each of the States during the years 1946-47, 1947-48 and 1948-49 under the Commonwealth Aid Roads and Works Act?

2.   Have the States reported to the Commonwealth Government as to its disposal ?

3.   How were the moneys expended and distributed in Queensland?


Mr Ward - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows : -

1.   For the financial year 1946-47 payments to States for road purposes were made Hinder the conditions of the. Federal Aid Roads and Works Agreement No. 3 of 1937, whilst during the years 1947-48 and 1948-49 payments to States have been made in accordance with the conditions of the Commonwealth Aid Roads and Works Acts Nos. 17 of 1947 and 91 of 1948. The detailed payments to States in the above three financial years are as shown in Appendix " A " attached.

2.   Yes.

3.   Under the conditions of the Federal Aid Roads and Works Agreement No. 3 of 1937, the Commonwealth did not require States to submit details of how the money payable to them was expended. The only conditions applying to payments under this agreement was that such funds should be expended upon the construction, reconstruction, maintenance or repair of roads' or that portion of the funds available could be expended upon other works connected with transport. Under the conditions of the Commonwealth Aid Roads and Works Acts Nos. 17 of 1947 and 91 of 1948 the Commonwealth does not require the States to submit details of how funds made available to them under section6 (3) are expended, but does require the details of proposed expenditure of funds made available under section 6 (4), namely for roads in sparsely populated areas. In this connexion the detailed allocations by the State of Queensland for funds available under section 6 ( 4 ) are as shown in appendices " B " and "C" attached.

 

 







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