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Thursday, 22 October 1931

Mr THEODORE (Dalley) (Treasurer) . - I am afraid that the Commonwealth Parliament has got into a rather bad habit of allowing Supplementary Estimates to accumulate for two or three years, and then to pass them without much consideration being given to them, but it must be borne in mind that the information contained in the Supplementary Estimates is always before honorable members prior to the introduction of the Supplementary Estimates, and that parliamentary authority is given by the appropriation in the Estimates in chief under the designation of Treasurer's advance. The details are then set out in the subsequent Estimates. The actual amount expended is set out alongside the vote for the previous year, and it can be seen at n glance whether the vote has been exceeded and what call there has been on the Treasurer's advance. For some years past the Supplementary Estimates have not been brought down year by year. I think that they should be, even though honorable members have the information before them; and, so far as I am able to do it, I shall establish the practice of bringing down Supplementary Estimates following the Estimates in chief each session.

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