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Friday, 3 April 1987
Page: 1812

Senator WALTERS(9.28) —Can the Minister for Education tell me, as she says that it is quite usual for the Government to behave in this way, whether there has been any appropriation in the present estimates for the Department of Health relating to the Australia Card?

Senator Ryan —Out of order.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator Giles) —I believe that question is out if order.

Senator Walters —I take a point of order. What the Minister has just said is that it is usual practice that no appropriation is made before legislation is passed through the Senate. The Australia Card has not gone through the Senate. I am asking a simple question. If what the Minister has said is correct, she has assured us that there will be no appropriation in the present Estimates, in the Department of Health or any-where else, for the Australia Card. I am asking the Minister: Is that a fact?