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Tuesday, 1 November 1983
Page: 2155

Question No. 446

Mr Wells asked the Minister for Territories and Local Government, upon notice, on 6 September 1983:

What Commonwealth funds, listed by purpose, in the form of (a) grants, (b) subsidies, (c) special purpose grants, (d) dollar for dollar contributions or (e ) other contributions have been partly or totally (i) received or (ii) returned or refused by the Queensland Government, from December 1972 to August 1983.

Mr Uren —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(i) Between 1973-74 and 1975-76 the Commonwealth provided general revenue assistance for local governing bodies. In 1976, under the Local Government ( Personal Income Tax Sharing) Act the revenue assistance scheme was developed into a revenue sharing program. Both of these revenue assistance schemes provided for Commonwealth funds to be passed to the States for payment to local authorities.

The table provides details of the funds allocated to Queensland in each year since the untied grants scheme came into operation.

Financial year


$ 1974-75 8,954,000 1975-76 13,808,000 1976-77 24,222,000 1977-78 27,875,000 1978-79 30,252,000 1979-80 37,387,000 1980-81 50,714,000 1981-82 59,158,000 1982-83 71,571,000 1983-84 77,447,000

Source: Budget Paper No. 7

(ii) None of these funds have been refused or returned by the Queensland Government.