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Tuesday, 6 August 1946

Mr CHIFLEY (Macquarie) (Prime Minister and Treasurer) . -I move -

That thebill be now read a second time.

Supply Bill No. 1 provided for a period of two months to the end of August. The purpose of this bill is to obtain supply for a further period of three months to cover essential requirements until the new Parliament assembles after the general elections. The amount to be appropriated is £45,030,000, and it may be summarized under the following heads: -


The provision for non-war services is based on the Appropriation Act passed by Parliament for the year 1945-46 and provides only for essential requirements. Including the amounts in Supply Act No. 1. the total provision represents approximately five-twelfths of the 1945-46 appropriations. It is estimated that after excluding special appropriations, total war expenditure for the three months covered by the bill will be £52,964,000, which is £59,543,000 less than expenditure in the corresponding period of 1945-46. Provision is included in this amount for deferred pay of men now being discharged and other non-recurring charges arising out of the war. The amount of £6,500,000 is included in the bill to meet estimated expenditure in connexion with the lendlease and reciprocal lend-lease settlement with the United States of America, and £100,000 is provided for initial expenditure under the Coal Industry Bill. The provision of £30,000,000 for war services in this bill represents the amount which it is estimated will be available from revenue receipts for the period of three months after making allowance for other obligations. The balance of war expenditure will be met from loan appropriations. As I mentioned recently in my Financial Statement, it will be necessary when the budget is framed to arrange the grouping of items now shown under war services more in accord with peace-time conditions. For the present, however, they are being shown in the same manner as in the Estimates of 1945-46. The usual provision is made in the bill for " Advance to the Treasurer" the amount being £5,000,000. This amount is required mainly to carry on uncompleted civil works inprogress at the 30th June, and also to cover unforeseen and miscellaneous expenditure. Except as already stated, no provision has been made for any new expenditure and there is no departure from existing policy.

Debate (on motion by Mr. Menzies). adjourned.

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