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Wednesday, 19 March 1980
Page: 849

Senator Wriedt asked the Minister representing the Treasurer, upon notice, on 13 November 1979:

(   1 ) What were the money amounts of the payments to Western Australia by the Commonwealth Government for:

(a)   general purpose capital funds; and (b) specific purpose payments- capital purposes, for each year since 1 972-73.

(2)   What is the value of the payments to Western Australia in real terms, using 1972-73 as the base year.

(3)   What is the amount of money payments for capital purposes to Western Australia, at current value, estimated to be equivalent in real terms to the payments to Western Australia in 1975-76.

Senator Carrick - The Treasurer has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(   1 ) Funds provided to Western Australia from the Commonwealth Budget for general and specific capital purposes by way of Commonwealth payments and State Government borrowings under Loan Council arrangements from 1 972-73 to 1979-80 (estimated) are as follows:


(2)   and (3) Measures of price movements which would enable the capital funds for Western Australia indicated under ( 1 ) to be expressed in real terms are not available. Although the implicit price deflators derived from estimates of public gross fixed capital expenditure in current and constant prices published in Australian Bureau of Statistics national income and expenditure publications could be used to derive approximate figures, they cannot be regarded as a strictly appropriate measure for the purpose. This is because they relate to the public sector as a whole and are on an Australia-wide basis only. There are significant differences in the composition of capital expenditure by the three levels of government in Australia; in addition, expenditure patterns between States could vary.

In considering the funds available to Western Australia for capital purposes, regard should also be had to borrowings by State authorities under Loan Council arrangements. In this connection it should be noted that the Loan Council program for larger authorities in Western Australia for 1978-79 and 1979-80 includes significant additional amounts for infrastructure financing. Particulars of borrowings by semi-government authorities and local authorities in Western Australia from 1972-73 are given in the following table:


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