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Tuesday, 20 November 1973
Page: 3570

Mr Bennett asked the Minister representing the Minister for Repatriation, upon notice:

(1)   Have Repatriation patients in Western Australia, who utilise adhesive gum sets for post operation purposes, had difficulty in obtaining supplies with no alternative offered.

(2)   If so, what were the reasons for the shortage.

(3)   Will the Minister seek ways of overcoming any possible future shortage including alternative sources of supply.

Mr Bryant - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Until recently there has been no difficulty in obtaining supplies of adhesive gum sets for patients in Western Australia. These sets are purchased by the Department from a local agent who obtains supplies from the Australian distributor in New South Wales.

(2)   I understand that the recent shortages are being caused by industrial disputes in New South Wales. Supplies for Western Australia have consequently been held up for approximately three weeks.

(3)   Alternative sources of supply are available either from stocks held by the Department in other States or from other interstate contractors and can be airfreighted to Western Australia at short notice. Some stocks of adhesive gum sets are now held by the Department in Western Australia to meet immediate demands.

Road Maintenance Tax (Question No. 1237)

Mr Bennettasked the Minister for Transport, upon notice:

(1)   Which of the States implement a road maintenance tax system, and what are the amounts collected in each of the States under this system.

(2)   What consideration is given to amounts collected under road maintenance schemes when CommonwealthState roads agreements are entered into.

Mr Charles Jones - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   All States, except Tasmania, impose a road maintenance tax on specified classes of commercial goods carrying vehicles.


(2)   In formulating the current Commonwealth Aid Roads legislation consideration was given to the availability of State finance for road works. The sources of finance taken into account included motor vehicle taxes, fees, road maintenance charges and local government finance.

The Australian Government is presently considering its policy towards financial assistance to roads after 1974 when the current Act expires. In deciding this it will take into account a survey by the Commonwealth Bureau of Roads in conjunction with State road authorities of all Australian roads.

Financial resources available to State governments for road purposes will be taken into account in this review.

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