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Wednesday, 2 March 2016
Page: 1635

Senator RYAN (VictoriaMinister for Vocational Education and Skills) (16:18): I give notice that on the next day of sitting I shall move:

(1) That the provisions of paragraphs (5) and (8) of standing order 111 not apply to the following bills, allowing them to be considered during this period of sittings.

Aged Care Legislation Amendment (Increasing Consumer Choice) Bill 2016

Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2015-16

Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2015-16

Tax Laws Amendment (Norfolk Island CGT Exemption) Bill 2016

I also table a statement of reasons justifying the need for Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2015-16 and Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2015-16 to be considered during these sittings and seek leave to have the statement incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

T h e statement read as follows—


Purpose of the Bills

The bills request legislative authority for additional appropriations to fund expenditure to be incurred in 2015-2016.

Reasons for Urgency

Appropriations proposed in the bills provide funding for expenditure that is required to implement decisions and funding adjustments that involve further expenditure in 2015-2016, which have been agreed since the 2015-2016 Budget. Passage of the bills before the last day on the 2016 Autumn sittings will ensure continuity of the Government's programmes and the Commonwealth's ability to meet its obligations as they fall due. Should passage not be granted in the 2016 Autumn sittings then activities to be funded by the bills may be deferred or significantly delayed.