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Tuesday, 21 May 1957

Mr BLAND (WARRINGAH, NEW SOUTH WALES) - As Chairman, I present the following report of the Public Accounts Committee: -

Thirty-first Report - Advance to the Treasurer: Presentation of Supplementary Estimates; together with Minutes of Evidence taken by the Committee in connexion with this report.

This report is concerned with the present practice of presenting Supplementary Estimates to the Parliament. The matter arose because of legal advice that, once the Parliament had voted the Advance to the Treasurer in the main Estimates, no further action by the Parliament was legally necessary. In the report, the committee discussed the current practice, and the legal and constitutional issues involved. In making its recommendations, it has been careful to preserve for the Parliament opportunities to consider the expenditures made under Advance to the Treasurer similar to those that the Parliament has enjoyed hitherto under the practice of presenting supplementary appropriation measures.

Ordered to be printed.

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