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Wednesday, 31 August 2016
Page: 98

Mr CHESTER (GippslandMinister for Infrastructure and Transport) (12:24): I move:

That this bill be now read a second time.

Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 1) 2016-2017 provides appropriations for the remainder of 2016-17 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 is substantively the same as the bill of the same name that was introduced into the previous parliament in May this year.

Together with Supply (Parliamentary Departments) Act (No. 1) 2016-2017, this bill provides appropriations for the expenditure of the parliamentary departments for the full year of 2016-17.

The provisions in the bill seek authority for appropriations broadly equivalent to seven-twelfths of the estimated 2016-17 annual appropriation, plus budget measures.

This bill seeks approval for appropriations from the Consolidated Revenue Fund of just over $147 million.

The Department of Parliamentary Services would receive just over $25 million to maintain the integrity and amenity of Parliament House.

Details of the proposed expenditure are set out in the schedule to the bill and the portfolio budget statements previously tabled in the parliament. I thank the House.

Debate adjourned.