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Thursday, 10 November 1921

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

That this Bill be now read a second time.

This Supply Bill, which was introduced yesterday, is for a total of £2,742,205. It is for ordinary services only, and does not contain provision for any items not already approved by Parliament. The amount asked for, in addition to the amounts provided in three Supply Bills already passed, provides for expenditure for November and part of December. Salaries are provided for up to and inclusive of the 9th December, and contingencies and other services generally up to the 20th December. The total amount provided by the three previous Supply Bills passed for the services of this financial year is £9,618,065, and the total appropriation under the four Supply Bills for this year is therefore £12,360,270. From this must be deducted interest and sinking fund payable to the British Government, £1,319,881 ; Treasurer's Advance, £1,750,000; and arrears of overseas mails, £200,000, making a total of £3,269,881. This leaves a total for ordinary items of £9,090,389. This amount is about £1,900,000 less than the proportion of the votes for the corresponding period of the last financial year. The present Supply Bill includes an additional £250,000 for the Treasurer's Advance, making the total in Supply £1,750,000, although only £1,500,000 has been provided for under this vote in the Estimates. It has been found impossible to avoid resort to this course on account of delay in passing the

Works Estimates. The Treasurer's Advance has had to be debited with nearly the whole of the four months' expenditure on these services. This condition will continue until the Bills now before Parliament for New Works and Loan Appropriation have been passed. When these Bills have been passed, the Treasurer's Advance will, of course, be relieved of the expenditure referred to. With ' these brief references to the main features of the Bill, I submit the motion.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time. .

In Committee :

Clauses 1 to 4 agreed to.

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