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Thursday, 14 November 1974
Page: 2373

Senator McLAREN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - My question, which is directed to the Minister representing the Treasurer, arises from the implication contained in the question asked of him yesterday by Senator Carrick that this Government is neglecting the needs of local government bodies. I ask the Minister: Is it not a fact that this Government recently made direct grants to local government bodies of the order of $56m? Is it not also a fact that these grants have been applauded by Mr Guerin, the President of the Australian Council of Local Government Associations?

Senator WRIEDT -I understand that the Prime Minister has spelt out some details on this matter in the last few days. He indicated that that amount of money had been made available to various local authorities throughout Australia. I believe the amounts range from as low as $3,000 to as high as $2m, the sum paid to the Brisbane City Council which received the largest amount. I also understand that no strings are attached to these payments- that the local authorities can use them as they see fit without any directions being given by the Australian Government. I think that is evidence of the fact that this Government is pursuing the policies which it initiated of providing finance for local government in this country.

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