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Wednesday, 21 November 1973
Page: 1955

Senator DURACK - I ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport whether it is a fact that the Federal and State Ministers for Transport have met recently in regard to the renegotiation of the Commonwealth Aid Roads Agreement. I believe that the current quinquennial arrangements expire at the end of this financial year. Is the Minister aware that State governments are anxious to obtain an early renewal of the Agreement so that they will know as soon as possible what moneys will be available in the next financial year? How soon will the Commonwealth indicate the contributions it will be making under the next quinquennial agreement?

Senator CAVANAGH - I believe that the Agreement is the subject of discussion between the Ministers at the present time. It is true that it expires at the end of the year. It is true, as I said in answer to a question recently, that there will be another agreement under which it is hoped the Commonwealth will have more participation in how the money is spent by State authorities. I think it would be improper for me to announce the details or the amount before agreement has been reached with the States. As soon as agreement is reached, this will be announced.

Senator DURACK - May I ask a supplementary question?


Senator DURACK -I asked the Minister representing the Minister for Transport how soon the Commonwealth Government would announce its decision in this matter. I did not ask for the details. I would like to have that indication.

Senator CAVANAGH -That information will be available as soon as a decision is made by the Government. I cannot give the exact date. I shall see whether I can obtain further information.

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