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Thursday, 28 August 1980
Page: 974

Mr Hunt - On 22 May 1980 (Hansard, page 3056) the honourable member for Hume (Mr Lusher) asked a question without notice concerning the increases in Commonwealth roads grants in 1980-81.

In connection with my answer to the honourable member for Hume, I tabled a schedule which compared the 1980-81 Commonwealth grants to each State and road category with the corresponding allocations for 1979-80. It was subsequently drawn to my attention that this schedule contained a clerical error. The increases shown in the grants for the urban arterial roads and local roads categories in Victoria are incorrect due to a miscalculated adjustment of the 1979-80 grants for these categories. The effect of the error is that the schedule exaggerates the actual increase in assistance for urban arterial roads and understates the increase for local roads in Victoria. The overall national totals for both these categories are also marginally affected.

I must emphasise, however, that the total level of Commonwealth road grants to Victoria shown for each of the years remains correct. I apologise to the House for any inconvenience that this error may have caused.

The corrected figures are contained in the following schedule:


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