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Tuesday, 12 May 2009
Page: 3541


Mr TANNER (Minister for Finance and Deregulation) (8:11 PM) —I move:

That this bill be now read a second time.

The purpose of the Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 1) 2009-2010 is to provide funding for the operations of the three parliamentary departments.

As part of Operation Sunlight, the government’s reform agenda to improve budget transparency and accountability, the parliamentary departments’ outcome statements have been revised to make them better targeted to improve budget transparency and accountability. The changes to the outcomes provide greater clarity in terms of the results the parliamentary departments are seeking to achieve.

The total appropriation sought through this bill is $172.7 million. Details of the proposed expenditure are set out in the schedule to the bill.

I commend the bill to the House.

Debate (on motion by Mr Pyne) adjourned.