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APPROPRIATION BILL (NO. 3) 1981-82

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

In the Committee

The Minister for Veterans' Affairs (Senator Messner) moved- (1) That clauses 1 to 5 be postponed till after the consideration of the Schedule.

(2) That, unless otherwise ordered, the Votes in the Schedule be considered in the same groupings and order as the departmental estimates referred to Estimates Committees A, B, C, D, E, F, G and H, respectively, as follows:

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Page in Division

Bill number Department Amount

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Group A

4 101-105 Parliament 2,674,000

11 165-192 Attorney-General's 7,179,000

13 195-205 Business and Consumer Affairs 10,382,000

34 370-378 Industrial Relations 1,315,000

Group B

20 270-284 Education 12,389,000

16 220-227 Communications 18,827,000

28 330-344 Home Affairs and Environment 5,041,000

Group C

39 500-516 Prime Minister and Cabinet 3,589,000

48 670-678 Treasury 28,234,000

24 304-308 Finance 1,848,000

7 130-161 Administrative Services 19,938,000

Group D

17 230-250 Defence 336,212,000

25 315-318 Foreign Affairs 15,844,000

32 360-365 Immigration and Ethnic Affairs 10,756,000

Group E

36 430-432 National Development and Energy 684,000

23 286 Employment and Youth Affairs 24,985,000

31 350-354 Housing and Construction 71,594,000

Group F

41 540-554 Science and Technology 12,126,000

15 210-214 Capital Territory 8,236,000

46 655-663 Transport 33,294,000

Group G

27 325-329 Health 16,800,000

43 590-591 Social Security 30,547,000

50 690-693 Veterans' Affairs 28,502,000

6 120 Aboriginal Affairs 2,060,000

Group H

37 490-497 Primary Industry 4,316,000

35 380-387 Industry and Commerce 20,009,000

45 640-644 Trade and Resources 13,053,000

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(3) That leave be given to Senators to move motions expressing opinions or making recommendations based on the Reports of the Estimates Committees; that such motions be moved when the appropriate Vote is under consideration; that where more than one motion is proposed in relation to a particular Vote, the motions may be debated together, but in all cases a motion or motions shall be disposed of before the Question is put on the Vote before the Chair; and that any Resolutions be reported when the Chairman makes his Report to the President at the conclusion of proceedings in Committee of the Whole.

Question-put and passed.

Schedule read-

Group A-

The following Votes were, by leave, taken together, debated and passed:

Divisions- $

101-105 Parliament 2,674,000

165-192 Attorney-General's 7,179,000

195-205 Business and Consumer Affairs 10,382,000

370-378 Industrial Relations 1,315,000

Group B-

The following Votes were, by leave, taken together:

Divisions- $

270-284 Education 12,389,000

220-227 Communications 18,827,000

330-344 Home Affairs and Environment 5,041,000

Senator Martin moved-That the Committee, having considered the Report of Estimates Committee B, recommends: That the following matter be referred to the Standing Committee on Finance and Government Operations:

The adequacy of present legislation, administrative authority and procedures as they relate to the territories of Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands, and any action necessary to bring financial accountability for Commonwealth funds into conformity with practice in other Commonwealth Departments and semi- Government authorities.

Debate ensued.

Question-That the motion (Senator Martin's) be agreed to-put and passed.

Votes in Group B debated and passed.

Group C- Ordered-That the Departments in Group C be considered separately.

Divisions 500-516, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, $3,589,000, debated and passed.

Divisions 670-678, Department of the Treasury, $28,234,000, debated and passed.

Divisions 304-308, Department of Finance, $1,848,000, passed.

Divisions 130-161, Department of Administrative Services, $19,938,000, debated and passed.

Group D-

The following Votes were, by leave, taken together and debated:

Divisions- $

230-250 Defence 336,212,000

315-318 Foreign Affairs 15,844,000

360-365 Immigration and Ethnic Affairs 10,756,000

Senator Kilgariff moved-That the Committee, having considered the Report of Estimates Committee D, recommends that the following matter be referred to the Standing Committee on Finance and Government Operations: Administrative arrangements in relation to the purchase, construction and maintenance of overseas property.

Debate ensued.

Question-That the motion (Senator Kilgariff's) be agreed to-put and passed.

Votes in Group D further debated and passed.

Group E-

The following Votes were, by leave, taken together, debated and passed:

Divisions- $

430-432 National Development and Energy 684,000

286 Employment and Youth Affairs 24,985,000

350-354 Housing and Construction 71,594,000

Group F-

The following Votes were, by leave, taken together and debated:

Divisions- $

540-554 Science and Technology 12,126,000

210-214 Capital Territory 8,236,000

655-663 Transport 33,294,000

Ordered-That the Temporary Chairman of Committees (Senator Georges) report progress and seek leave to sit again.

The Acting Deputy-President (Senator Colston) resumed the Chair; and Senator Georges reported that the Committee had considered the Bill, had made progress and asked leave to sit again.

Ordered-That the Committee have leave to sit again at a later hour of the day.