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Wednesday, 7 November 1973
Page: 1565

Senator DURACK (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - I direct my question to the Minister representing the Minister for Urban and Regional Development. I refer to a document tabled in the Senate on the Thursday before last and which was entitled 'Proposed Regional Boundaries Under the Grants Commission Act'. Firstly, does the Minister for Urban and Regional Development intend under that Act to approve boundaries as proposed in this document or are the boundaries as proposed therein the subject of negotiation between the local authorities concerned and the Minister? Secondly, is it a fact that applications for financial assistance for 1973-74 will be received from individual local authorities up to 3 1 December 1 973? If this is the case, will the Minister consider an extension of that date? Thirdly, what type of financial assistance may be sought by these individual local authorities? For instance, can they apply for grants for specific projects or only general grants of assistance?

Senator CAVANAGH - I cannot give a detailed answer to the honourable senator's question. These boundaries were set out in a report which was made to the Minister for Urban and Regional Development. The Minister will finally make the decision as to what areas will be acquired. I shall take up with the Minister the questions raised by the honourable senator. In particular I shall ask whether he is prepared to extend the time within which applications for financial assistance should be lodged. I shall also ask for details of what financial assistance can be claimed and will be paid.

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