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Thursday, 16 May 1957

Sir ARTHUR FADDEN (McPhersonTreasurer) . - I move -

That the bill be now read a second time.

The purpose of this bill is to appropriate £34,956,000 to carry on the necessary normal capital works and services of Government for the first four months of the financial year 1957-58. There will be Commonwealth works in progress at 30th June, 1957, expenditure on which must be continued until after the 1957-58 budget has been considered by Parliament. In addition, it is the practice to programme the capital works and services in the major Commonwealth departments, including the Department of Works, the PostmasterGeneral's Department, War Service Homes Division and the Department of Civil Aviation. The appropriation will also provide funds to ensure continuous employment and to enable purchases of materials in advance for the carrying out of those programmes of works.

The bill provides for four months' expenditure at the annual level at which expenditure was approved for the purposes of capital works and services in 1956-57.

Debate (on motion by Mr. Ward) adjourned.

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