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Thursday, 13 October 1921

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Repatriation) . - I move. -

That this Bill be now read a second time.

The total amount set down in the Supply Bill is ?1,997,262. The amount now asked for, together with the amounts granted in the two Supply Bills already passed, provides for the expenditure to the end of October. Provision is made for salaries payable on the 14th and 28th October. Omitting special payments, the position in regard to Supply is as follow? : -The total amount provided for in the three Bills is ?9,618,065. If we deduct payment for interest and sinking fund due to the British Government, ?1,319,881; the Treasurer's advance, ?1,500,000; and arrears for overseas mails, ?200,000- a total of ?3,019,881- the total for ordinary items is thus ?6,598,184. One-third of the annual votes for 1920-21, other than the special votes for Treasurer's advance, and interest and sinking fund due to the British

Government, is £8,024,185. The total of the three Supply Bills is less than the proportion of the votes for last year by £1,426,101. The interest and sinking fund payments referred to were included in Supply Bill No. 2, and were payable on the 30th September under the funding arrangement which has already been presented to Parliament. The £200,000 for overseas mails was included in the first Supply Bill, and represents arrears due to the British Government in. respect of mail services during the war. The present Supply Bill included provision for four months' expenditure on a number of relatively small items. The expenditure to date under these heads has been temporarily charged to the Treasurer's advance, but is now included in Supply in order that the Treasurer's advance may be recouped. Apart from these items, the Supply covers the usual month's requirements, except . in a few cases where the expenditure under the vote is not payable in regular amounts each month. The amount of £53,115 is included for payment to the South Austalian Government, to make good the loss on working the Port AugustaOodnadatta Railway. This amount is payable on the 15th October, and if not paid then interest will be charged until the dateof payment. This arrangement is in accordance with the agreement with South Australia, which provides for payment of the loss within one month from the date of presentation of the balance-sheet/ The Supply Bill includes several amounts under the heading of War Services, for the settlement of old war accounts. Some of the expenditure under these items has already been met temporarily from the Treasurer's advance, which will be recouped when the Supply Bill is passed. I think that represents the main features of the Bill, and if, in Committee, information is sought on any items, I shall endeavour to furnish it.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time, and passed through its remaining stages.

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