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Thursday, 13 September 1984
Page: 991


Senator GARETH EVANS (Attorney-General)(12.50) —I move:

That the Bill be now read a second time.

I seek leave to have the second reading speech incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The speech read as follows-

Pursuant to accepted arrangements relating to the Parliament's appropriations and staffing, I present the Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 2) 1984-85.

The purpose of the Bill is to appropriate moneys of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for the recurrent and capital expenditures of the parliamentary departments for the year ending 30 June 1985.

The total amount sought is $43,680,000. Of this amount, $17,222,000 was authorised by the Supply (Parliamentary Departments) Act 1984-85, the balance of $26,458,000 being sought in this Bill.

An amount of $150,000 is included under the Advance to the President of the Senate, $50,000 more than was provided in the Supply (Parliamentary Departments) Act 1984-85.

The increase reflects a change in approach whereby contingency amounts previously included in the individual estimates for the Senate have been excluded on the basis that urgent and unforeseen requirements may be met from the advance. I commend the Bill to the Senate.

Debate (on motion by Senator Collard) adjourned.