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Wednesday, 6 December 1911


Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaMinister of Defence) . - I move -

That this Bill be now read a third time.

In submitting this motion I desire to intimate to the Senate that it has been found necessary to recommit the measure, in order to rectify errors in clause 20, dealing with the appropriation of money. This clausewas amended in another place, and in making the amendment somewhat hurriedly certain words were left in which are unnecessary. If honorable senators will look at clause 20 of the Bill they will find that it reads -

All moneys necessary for the payment of the cost of construction of the railway up to and including the time of the opening of the railway for traffic shall bepayable out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund or out of any moneys standing to the credit of the Loan Fund, and the Consolidated Revenue Fund, and the Loan Fund according to appropriations from time to time made by Parliament for that purpose.

It is obvious that the words " and the Consolidated Revenue Fund and the Loan Fund are mere repetition and surplusage. They have no meaning, and it is proposed in Committee to amend the clause by leaving those words out. It is also intended to propose the omission of the words " from time to time," because they are also unnecessary. If a Bill is introduced to authorize a loan for this railway it will be the only appropriation from the Loan Fund. There will be no appropriation " from time to time." These errors are due apparently to the fact that an amendment moved upon the clause in another place was somewhat hurriedly drafted. I shall explain in Committee how the mistake arose, and my honorable colleague will move an amendment to take the Bill into Committee again to rectify the errors.

Motion (by Senator McGregor) agreed to-

That the Bill be recommitted for the reconsideration of clause 20.

In Committee(Recommittal) :

Clause 20 -

All moneys necessary for the payment of the cost of construction of the railway up to and including the time of the opening of the railway for traffic shall be payable out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund or out of any moneys standing to the credit of the Loan Fund, and the Consolidated Revenue Fund and the Loan Fund according to appropriations from time to time made by Parliament for that purpose.







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