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APPROPRIATION BILL (No. 1) 1981-82

The Senate, according to Order, resolved itself into Committee for the further consideration of the Bill.

In the Committee

Schedule 2 further considered.

Group H--

Divisions 490-497, Department of Primary Industry, $108,673,000, further debated and passed.

Divisions 380-388, Department of Industry and Commerce, $125,574,000, passed.

Divisions 640-646, Department of Trade and Resources, $356,371,000, debated and passed.

Schedule 2 passed.

Remainder of Bill, by leave, taken as a whole and passed.

Bill to be reported without requests, but with a Resolution containing an opinion.

The Deputy-President (Senator McClelland) resumed the Chair; and the Temporary Chairman of Committees (Senator Hamer) reported that the Committee had considered the Bill and had agreed to the following:

(1) That the Bill be reported without requests.

(2) That the Committee is of the opinion that the impact of the new Migrant Selection Scheme on Australia's migration intake, with particular reference to the country of origin of any refugee intake, should be monitored by the appropriate Estimates Committee during its consideration of Particulars of Proposed Expenditure for the remainder of the financial year 1981-82 and for the financial year 1982-83.

On the motion of the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs (Senator Baume) the Report from the Committee was adopted, and the Bill read a third time.