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Monday, 28 April 1980
Page: 1845

Senator CHANEY (Western AustraliaMinister for Aboriginal Affairs) - I was careful in my remarks on the previous Bill, the Local Government (Personal Income Tax Sharing) Amendment Bill, to point out that I was directing my comments to the payments which were directed to local government. I understood the figures put in by Senator Douglas McClelland similarly to isolate local government as an area to which payments had been directed, and his speech related to the amounts paid to that arm of government- not to the States, including local government. The comparison which has been drawn by Senator Wriedt does not relate directly to the point that I made. My comments were related to the speech which had been made by his colleague, Senator McClelland, on that Bill which related specifically to the 2 per cent direct payment to local government. I offer that remark in response to the comments made by Senator Wriedt. As I indicated previously in my remarks on the other Bill- I responded to what I understood to be a cognate debate, although the amendment now before the Senate had not been moved- the Government does not accept the amendment which has been moved by the Opposition.

Question put-

That the words proposed to be added (Senator Wriedt's amendment) be added.

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