Parliamentary record : Part I debates (27 February 1990)
Debates for 5th Assembly 1987 - 1990; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 5th Assembly 1987 - 1990
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DEBATES - Tuesday 27 February 1990 National Arterials thi s was a new category of roads introduced for fundi ng purposes from the beginning of 1989. They are: still the primary responsibility of state governments but the federal government assists in financing specific construction projects on them. They are roads of national importance which improve access to ports, ai~ports, railheads and areas of major production and tourism. This year, the federal government is allocating $369m to national arterial projects. State Arterials these are all other roads for which the state governments are responsible. This year, the federal government is allocating $142m to assist the states with their construction and maintenance programs on these roads. (Note: The total allocated for national and state arterial roads by the federal government this year is $511m, an increase of $52 m or 11.2% over 1988-89) Local Roads these are roads which are the responsibility of local councils. This year, 'the federal government is allocating $303m to assi st council s with these roads. That represents an increase of $31m or 11.2% over 1988-89. Other Assistance to State Governments and Councils. Since 1983 the Hawke government has also allocated $101.9 billion (constant 1988-89 dollars) to the states in untied grants to use as they wish - including on roads. Since 1983, the Hawke government has also allocated $4.675 billion (constant 1988-89 dollars) to local councils in untied grants to use as they wish - including on roads. This year the Hawke government will provide $13.2 billion in general revenue (untied) grants to the states and$687m in untied grants to local councils. Federal Road Funds since Early 1980s The claim that federal road funds have declined in real terms since 1983/84 by 28% is correct. However, it should be kept in mind that: 1. over the whole term of the Hawke government, it has achieved a record level of road funding; 2. 1983-84 was the peak year in road funding and it was a year of the Hawke government. This was because, in July 1983 under the Hawke government, there was a major injection of funds when the fuel levy was raised from 1 to 2 per litre; 8789
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