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Thursday, 11 May 1972
Page: 1643

Senator WRIEDT asked the Minister representing the Minister for Shipping and Transport, upon notice:

(1)   What has been the amount of Commonwealth payments to each State in each year from 1966 for capital re-equipment of State railway systems.

(2)   What specific requests have been made by any State over that time for Commonwealth assistance for suburban rail systems.

(3)   What is the current financial indebtedness of each of the State railway systems.

(4)   What has been the total cost to the Commonwealth of capital equipment on Commonwealth Railways since 1966.

Senator COTTON (New South WalesMinister for Civil Aviation) Minister for Shipping and Transport has provided the following answers to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   No money has been specifically provided for capital re-equipment as such. However, the Commonwealth has paid to the States the following amounts for Railway Projects:


These payments were by way of grants or loans mainly for rail standardisation projects.

(2)   The New South Wales and Victorian Governments requested Commonwealth assistance towards financing underground railways in Sydney and Melbourne.

(3)   At 30th June 1971 the following was the outstanding debt of the various railway systems:

N.B. - Outstanding Debt is funds provided by or owed to Treasuries. It does not .include long term or current liabilities.

This information has been extracted from the Annual Reports of the railway systems. It should be noted there are substantial differences in accounting methods and terminology among the systems and even within the systems at different points in time.

(4)   For the final years 1965-66 to 1970-71 Commonwealth Railways has spent $38.989m on rolling stock, motor vehicles and plant and equipment.

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