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Thursday, 6 October 1927


Senator Sir WILLIAM GLASGOW (Queensland) (Minister for Home and Territories) [6.6]. - I move- -

That the bill be now read a second time.

This bill is to grant and apply the sum of £317,649 out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for the services of the year ending the 30th June, 1928, for the purposes of additions, new works, buildings, &c., and to appropriate that sum. The total amount which Parliament is being asked to appropriate is £101,202 more than the expenditure of the previous year, and £20,915 more than the amount voted for 1926-27. The amounts included in the bill for the many services are relatively small. The total amount of £317,649 is distributed under two parts, as follows : - Part I. Departments and services, other than business undertakings and Territories of the Commonwealth, £284,049 ; and Part 3. Territories of the Commonwealth, £33,600. The principal items provided for are: - Reserves of stores, including ammunition, ordnance, torpedo stores, and coal and oil fuel, £74,000; oil fuel storage facilities, £24,000; naval bases, works and establishments, £20,000; machinery and plant for manufacture of munitions not now produced in Australia, £39,681; acquisition of Small Arms Ammunition. Factory, Footscray, £19,153; erection of, and alterations and additions to, buildings, and construction of launches and vessels for Customs Department, £25,015 ; new buildings, alterations, and additions, and construction of launches and vessels for Health Department, £ 41,870 ; erection, &c. of buildings, construction and filling of petrol tank and construction of buildings and roads, engineering services and water boring in North Australia and Central Australia, £31,600. Ministers will be glad to furnish any information required as to the details of the works referred to when the bill reaches the committee stage.







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