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Thursday, 9 February 2017
Page: 478


Mr SUKKAR (DeakinAssistant Minister to the Treasurer) (10:40): I move:

That this bill be now read a second time.

Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2016-2017, along with Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2016-2017, which I just introduced, are the additional estimates appropriation bills for this financial year.

This bill, Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2016-2017, seeks approval for appropriations from the Consolidated Revenue Fund of just over $284 million.

I will now outline the significant items provided for in this bill.

Firstly, the bill would provide the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development just under $119 million in 2016-17 including $81 million in equity funding to the Australian Rail Track Corporation to deliver network upgrades.

Secondly, the Department of Human Services will receive just over $79 million. This includes around $41 million in capital funding to improve some of the IT systems that support its client management.

Thirdly, the Environment and Energy portfolio will receive just under $11 million, which includes supplementation for foreign exchange movements to the Bureau of Meteorology and the Department of the Environment and Energy.

Details of the proposed expenditure are set out in the schedules to the bill and the portfolio additional estimate statements tabled in the parliament.

I commend this bill.

Debate adjourned.