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Tuesday, 9 September 1958
Page: 1012


Mr Ward d asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that following talks between himself and the Prime Minister of New Zealand at which the economic difficulties of New Zealand were discussed, it was agreed that Australia would furnish on loan to that country an amount of £10,000,000?

2.   If so, what were the terms and conditions upon which this advance was made?

3.   Does the agreement provide for any additional assistance to New Zealand; if so, what are the details?


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

1.   Yes, in the sense indicated in the answer to question 2.

2.   The loan is to take the form of a £10,000,000 credit arrangement between the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. Drawings against the credit may be made at any time up to 30th June, 1959. The rate of interest is 4# per cent, per annum and repayment is to be made in eight quarterly instalments beginning on 30th September, 1960.

3.   Discussions are proceeding on various other matters affecting Australia's trade and financial relations with New Zealand. Any new arrangements made as a result of these discussions will be announced at the appropriate time.

Equal Pay for the Sexes.


Mr Whitlam m asked the Minister for Labour and National Service, upon notice -

Is he able to say what States in the United States of America and what provinces in Canada have legislated for equal pay for men and women doing work of equal value?


Mr HAROLD HOLT (HIGGINS, VICTORIA) - The answer to the honorable member's question is as follows: -

In the United States of America the following States have legislated for " equal pay " in some form or another: - Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Washington and Alaska. In Canada there is legislation of the Dominion Parliament and the Provinces of Ontario, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia and Alberta. To be of any value the answer to the honorable member's question would have to deal in detail with these various laws, which are by no means uniform in their application, and duplicate a statement prepared by my department which will, I anticipate, be available for general distribution before long. A copy of this statement will be made available to the honorable member and any others who may be interested.

Payments to the States.


Mr Cairns (YARRA, VICTORIA) s asked the Treasurer, upon notice -

1.   In what form and manner and through what channels are payments made to each of the States in connexion with, respectively, the National Welfare Fund, cattle tick control, the dairying industry, flood and bush Are relief, food production, tobacco industry assistance, and eradication of Argentine ants, Perth, Western Australia?

2.   What form of acknowledgment or receipt for these payments is received from the States?


Sir Arthur Fadden - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   By cheque drawn by the Commonwealth Sub-Treasury on the authorization of the department.

2.   Treasury Regulations, Statutory Rules Nos. 523 of 1942, 32 of 1943 and 3 of 1958, prescribe that the endorsement of a cheque shall constitute the receipt for the amount paid.


Mr Cairns s asked the Treasurer, upon notice -

1.   In what form and manner and through what channels are tax reimbursement payments, which amounted to £165,819,830 in 1957-58, made to each of the States?

2.   Is any different form, manner or channel used for the other payments made under Part 4 of the Estimates?

3.   What form of acknowledgment or receipt for these payments is received from the States?


Sir Arthur Fadden - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   Tax reimbursement grants are paid to each State by cheques drawn by the Commonwealth Sub-Treasury. The payments are made in monthly instalments on the basis of one-fifteenth of the total grant in each of the first nine months of the financial year and two-fifteenths in each of the remaining three months.

2.   Yes. Other payments to the States included under Part 4 of the Estimates are made in accordance with the requirements of each particular statute by arrangement with the State concerned.

3.   Treasury Regulations, Statutory Rules Nos. 523 of 1942, 32 of 1943 and 3 of 1958, prescribe that the endorsement of a cheque shall constitute the receipt for the amount paid.







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