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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 2 Hansard (4 March) . . Page.. 865..

A number of the assumptions used to determine outyear estimates are expected to change following the release of the Commonwealth Grants Commission's 2004 Review Report on State Revenue Sharing Relativities in February 2004, which is subject to discussion at the upcoming Treasurers' Conference.

(3) The ACT produces it own estimates of the Territory's share of revenue derived from the GST for the outyears.

The Commonwealth does not produce outyear estimates on a State-by-State basis. Estimates for the outyears are derived from a model developed by the South Australian Treasury based on Commonwealth advice regarding the aggregate GST revenue pool for each of the outyears.

(4) The ACT's share of the GST revenue pool is a factor of:

- the Territory's population, relative to the Australian population;

- the GST revenue pool;

- the Commonwealth Grants Commission's recommended GST relativity for the ACT; and

- the unquarantined pool of Health Care Grants paid to the States, and the Territory's relative share of that pool.

There is no direct link between the amount of GST revenue collected in a State and the amount of GST grant funding that a State receives from the Commonwealth.

Urban services-publications

(Question No 1311)

Mr Cornwell

asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice:

(1) What is the purpose of the departmental publication entitled Making Canberra an Even Better Place 2004?

(2) What was the (a) print run and (b) cost of the print run?

(3) Where will it be distributed?

(4) What will be the cost of distribution?

(5) Is the information on the services described also available elsewhere?

Mr Wood

: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The booklet replaced the Report to the Community introduced by the Carnell Government. The booklet is designed to provide information to the general public on a number of important and topical Departmental services and events, including on-line services, recreational information, hazard reduction, and community activities. It also contains important contact information and some practical tips on issues such as water management.

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