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Friday, 9 August 1946

Mr LAZZARINI (Werriwa) (Minister for Works and Housing) - I move -

That the bill be now read a second time.

These Supplementary Estimates of Expenditure, which relate to the financial year 1944-45, total £1,517,987. That sum was expended out of a general appropriation from revenue of £6,000,000 made available to the Treasurer to meet expenditure which could not be foreseen when the Estimates were prepared. It is now necessary to obtain specific parliamentary a ppropriation to cover the several items of excess expenditure. Full details of the expenditure now submitted for approval were included in the Estimates and Budget Papers for 1945-46. These publications show the amount voted for 1945-46, to gether with the actual expenditure for the previous year, which is included for informative purposes. Details are also included in theTreasurer's Financial Statement for 1944-45, which has been tabled for the information of honorable members.

The Supplementary Estimates detail the items under which the additional amount for which approval is now sought was expended by the various departments. The chief items, in round figures, are -


Any further details of the various items of expenditure will be available at a later stage.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time, and passed through its remaining stages without amendment or debate.

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