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Tuesday, 2 May 1961

Mr HAROLD HOLT (HigginsTreasurer) . - I move -

That the bill be now read a second time.

The purpose of this bill is to appropriate £275,970,000 to carry on the necessary normal services of government, other than capital works and services, during the first five months of the financial year 1961-62. These are services placed before the Parliament in the Appropriation Acts 1960-61. The several amounts provided for ordinary services are -


With minor exceptions these amounts represent approximately five-twelfths of the 1960-61 appropriations. The amount of £83,530,000 for Defence Services provides for expenditure on the existing programme and the amount of £41,885,000 for War and Repatriation Services provides for expenditure on war pensions and repatriation and rehabilitation services. There is no provision for new services except in the defence section. However, an amount of £16,000,000 is sought for an advance to the Treasurer to make advances which will be recovered within the financial year, and to make moneys available to meet expenditure particulars of which will afterwards be submitted to the Parliament.

Honorable members will observe that the bill no longer makes separate provision for miscellaneous services. It has been decided to adopt the recommendation made in the 49th report of the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and, with the commencement of the new financial year on 1st July next expenditures previously shown under the heading of miscellaneous services will be presented with the administrative expenditure of the departments concerned. Within each department's expenditures the distinction between annual running costs and those special payments which arise from its responsibilities will be continued. I believe that the new form will represent a clearer presentation of the relevant part of the Estimates and that it will assist the Parliamentary examination of the annual appropriation measures. I commend the bill to honorable members.

Debate (on motion by Mr. Crean) adjourned.

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