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Wednesday, 1 August 1906
Page: 2133

Mr FOWLER (PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - In the absence of the Treasurer, I desire to ask the Prime Minister a question which arises in connexion with a statement made in to-day's Age. Speaking of the Budget speech that newspaper says : -

One part of the speech supplied a convincing answer to New South Wales, Queensland, and Western Australia, whose representatives are fond of complaining about " Federal injustice." Up to the end of 1906-1907 it is estimated that the Commonwealth will have paid ^532,826 to Queensland and ,£192,358 to New South Wales as sugar bonus, while up to 8th October next, when the special inter-State tarin' granted to Western Australia expires, that State will have gained from this source a revenue of about /867,i8/.

I wish to ask the Prime Minister whether Western Australia would not have, had as much revenue available if it had not come into the Federation; whether, as a matter of fact, the revenue referred to did not come out of the pockets of the consumers in Western Australia; and whether it can be held to have been paid either directly or indirectly by the Commonwealth to Western Australia ?

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