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FINANCE FOR STATES FOR EMPLOYMENT-GIVING ACTIVITIES COMMONWEALTH PROPOSALS FOR ALLOCATION

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Menzies, Robert

Period of Service: 19/12/1949 to 26/01/1966

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Release Date: 15/02/1962

Release Type: Media Release

Transcript ID: 465

FOR PRESS FINANCE FOR STATES FOR EMPLOYMENT-GIVING ACTIVITIES
COMMONWEALTH PROPOSALS FOR ALLOCATION
Emphasising that the first aim of the
Commonwealth proposals for giving State Governments
and their related authorities excess new additional
money for expenditure during the remainder of 1961/ 62
was to improve the employment situation, especially in
areas where it was weakest, the Prime Minister quoted the
following figures as giving the approximate number of
persons registered as applicants for employment in the
several States: N. S. W. 47,000
VICTORIA 30,800
Q1LD. 30,400
S. A. 10,200
W. A. 72500
TASMA1N IA 52300
TOTAL 131,500
Stated as approximate percentages of the work
force in each State, these represented 2.9% of the work
force in Now South Wales; 2.5% in Victoria; 5% in
Queensland; 2.5% in South Australia; 2.6% in Western
Australia and 4% in Tasmania.
The Commonwealth proposed that the additional
it was offering to advanae to the States for housing
construction in 1961/ 62 should be distributed as follows:

2 million
New South Wales 1.61
Victoria 1.28
Queensland 0.60
South Australia 0.69
Western Australia 0.47
Tasmania 0.
Its proposal for distributing an increase of
œ 1Om. in the borrowing programmes for semi-governmental
and local authorities in 1961/ 62 was: million
New South Wales 3.01
Victoria 3.66
Queensland 2.06
South Australia 0.49
Western Australia 0.44
Tasmania 0.34
10.00
As to the special non-repayable grant of
for expenditure on employment-giving activities in this
financial year, the Commonwealth proposed that a special
allocation of œ 2.5m. should be made to Queensland and a
special allocation of to Tasmania. The remaining
œ 7m. would be distributed between all States on the same
basis as the Works and Housing Programmes for 1961/ 62.
The resulting figures would be: million
New South Wales 2.24
Victoria 1.80
Queensland 3.34
South Australia 0.97
Western Australia 0.66
Tasmania 0.99
10.00
CANBERRA FPbruary 15, 1962

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