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Thursday, 17 June 2010
Page: 3595

Senator Ludwig to move on the next day of sitting:

   That, in accordance with the recommendation made in the 50th Report of the Appropriations and Staffing Committee, the Senate resolves:

(1)   To reaffirm its constitutional right to amend proposed laws appropriating revenue or moneys for expenditure on all matters not involving the ordinary annual services of the Government.

(2)   That appropriations for expenditure on:

(a)   the construction of public works and buildings;

(b)   the acquisition of sites and buildings;

(c)   items of plant and equipment which are clearly definable as capital expenditure (but not including the acquisition of computers or the fitting out of buildings);

(d)   grants to the states under section 96 of the Constitution;

(e)   new policies not previously authorised by special legislation;

(f)   items regarded as equity injections and loans; and

(g)   existing asset replacement (which is to be regarded as depreciation),

   are not appropriations for the ordinary annual services of the Government and that proposed laws for the appropriation of revenue or moneys for expenditure on the said matters shall be presented to the Senate in a separate appropriation bill subject to amendment by the Senate.

(3)   That, in respect of payments to international organisations:

(a)   the initial payment in effect represents a new policy decision and therefore should be in Appropriation Bill (No. 2); and

(b)   subsequent payments represent a continuing government activity of supporting the international organisation and therefore represent an ordinary annual service and should be in Appropriation Bill (No. 1).

(4)   That all appropriation items for continuing activities for which appropriations have been made in the past be regarded as part of ordinary annual services.

Senator Bob Brown —Mr Acting Deputy President, I raise a point of order. We have just been given notice of a motion, the full terms of which have been given to the Clerk, but there has been no indication to the Senate as to what the motion is about. I would ask leave of the Senate for the honourable senator to indicate to the Senate what the motion is about.

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT (Senator Marshall)—I am not in a position to make any senator do anything, Senator Bob Brown. I can inform you that it will be circulated very shortly.