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Thursday, 27 November 1941

Senator FRASER (Western Australia Minister for External Territories) . I move -

That the bill be now read a second time.

When the Supplementary Estimates for ordinary services were presented, honorable senators were informed of the reason for and the procedure adopted in connexion with bills of this kind.

This measure provides for an appropriation of £126,145 for expenditure under " additions, new works, buildings, &c", which has been met from the vote " Advance to the Treasurer " during the year1 939-40. Although the amount to be appropriated by this bill is £126,145, it does not represent the expenditure on works and buildings in excess of the original estimates. Actually, the total expenditure of £3,036,445 was £497,555 less than the sum of £3,534.000 appropriated for this purpose. Parliament is therefore being asked to approve of new works expenditure which was more than counterbalanced by savings on other works. I do not propose at this stage to refer in detail to all the items which are included in the papers made available for the information of honorable senators. The main items include the provision of £58,874 on account of the Treasury owing to the acquisition of a building for the Taxation Department in Perth, and £66,640 for the Postal Department, mainly for trunk line and telegraph services.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time.

In committee:

Clauses 1 and 2 agreed to.

The schedule.

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