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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Media Release

Local governments in Bass lose $3.4 million under the Liberals

Following comments on local radio made by Dorset Mayor Greg Howard about declining Federal Government assistance to Local Government, Federal Member for Bass Ross Hart can reveal new figures which show that Council’s in Bass have lost $3.4 million in funding.

“In 2013, the Federal Liberal Government imposed a three year freeze on the indexation of Financial Assistance Grants,” Mr Hart said.

“This indexation freeze, which was imposed on local government without any analysis or consultation by the Morrison Government, saw $925 million cut from their budgets.

“Labor’s analysis of this freeze showed that around two-thirds, or $680 million, was borne by regional communities who can least afford it.

“The impact of the freeze is ongoing and is still being felt by councils today.

“These sort of cuts put a squeeze on the ability of local councils to provide essential community services and ultimately force ratepayers to contribute more,” Mr Hart said.

Labor knows that Financial Assistance Grants funding are the bedrock of local councils financial capacity.

Around $50 billion in Financial Assistance Grants has been provided by the Commonwealth to Local Government since the Whitlam Government introduced these in 1974–75.

This program acknowledges the important contribution of local government to our civic life: a contribution that is not equally matched by your ability to raise revenue.

Breakdown of the $3.4 million:

Dorset – $873,446
Flinders Island – $330,158
Launceston City – $1,058,219
George Town – $449,470
West Tamar – $700,876

Labor opposed the indexation freeze to Financial Assistance Grants and is committed to working with local government to help them support their communities.

Authorised by Noah Carroll ALP Canberra

Ross Hart MP is member for Bass

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  1. Chris

    November 13, 2018 at 6:01 am

    Why not use the cuts scenario like the Hidding Highway to Sorell, where it’s promised, not in my lifetime I suspect, that by restricting highways to two lanes then expanding suburbs and their residents will restrict their use by becoming pensioners as they wait on the clogged causeways!

    Who believes the 10 minute delay notices when it takes 45 minutes to travel from Midway Point to the airport roundabout?

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