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Tuesday, 14 May 2013
Page: 3142


Mr BRADBURY (LindsayAssistant Treasurer and Minister Assisting for Deregulation) (20:05): I move:

That this bill be now read a second time.

The purpose of Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 1) 2013-2014 is to provide funding for the operations of:

the Department of the Senate;

the Department of the House of Representatives;

the Department of Parliamentary Services; and

the Parliamentary Budget Office.

This bill seeks approval for appropriations from the Consolidated Revenue Fund of just under $185 million. Details of the proposed expenditure are set out in the schedule to the bill and the Portfolio Budget Statement for the Parliamentary Departments.

Due to the establishment of the Parliamentary Budget Office, this bill now provides for the finance minister to be able to consider determining an advance to the Presiding Officers of up to $300,000 for the Parliamentary Budget Office. This would only be provided if the finance minister was satisfied that there is an urgent and unforeseen need for expenditure during the 2013-2014 financial year, and where schedule 1 to this bill had not provided sufficient appropriation.

All the appropriations in Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No.1) 2013-2014 are for the parliamentary departments.

Debate adjourned.