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APPROPRIATION BILL (NO. 3) 1981-82

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

In the Committee

Schedule further considered.

Votes in Group F further debated and passed.

Group G- The following Votes were, by leave, taken together, debated and passed.

Divisions- $ 325-329

Health 16,800,000 590-591

Social Security 30,547,000 690-693

Veterans' Affairs 28,502,000 120

Aboriginal Affairs 2,060,000 Group H- The following Votes were, by leave, taken together, debated and passed.

Divisions- $ 490-497

Primary Industry 4,316,000 380-387

Industry and Commerce 20,009,000 640-644

Trade and Resources 13,053,000 Schedule passed.

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

Bill to be reported without requests, but with a Resolution containing recommendations based on the Reports of Estimates Committees B and D.

The Acting Deputy-President (Senator Haines) resumed the Chair; and the Temporary of Committees (Senator Colston) 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, having considered the Reports of Estimates Committees B and D, recommends-That the following matters be referred to the Standing Committee on Finance and Government Operations:

(a) 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; and

(b) administrative arrangements in relation to the purchase, construction and maintenance of overseas property.

On the motion of the Minister for Social Security (Senator Chaney) the Report from the Committee was adopted, and the Bill read a third time.