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Friday, 30 October 1964

Senator PALTRIDGE (Western Australia) (Minister for Defence) . - I move -

That the Bill be now read a second time.

This Bill will provide for expenditure in 1964-65 from the Consolidated Revenue Fund for other than the ordinary annual services of the Government. As I have explained previously, this measure contains those appropriations for which, in the opinion of the Government and its legal advisers, a good case cannot be made out for the view that they are for the ordinary annual services of the Government. Pending completion of the discussions to which I also referred, no alteration has been made to the form of the measures which was adopted in May. The amounts sought for various departments are shown in detail in the Second Schedule to the Bill and total £2,368,000. This Bill seeks an appropriation of £1,368,000, the balance of £1,000,000 having already been granted under the Supply (Special Expenditure) Act 1964-65.

The main points regarding the proposed expenditures contained in this Bill were dealt with in the Budget speech. The schedule to the Bill is the same as that contained in the document "Particulars of Proposed Expenditure for other than the Ordinary Annual Services of the Government in respect of the Year Ending 30th June, 1965" which has already been examined in detail by the Senate in Committee. I commend the bill to honorable senators.

Debate (on motion by Senator McKenna) adjourned.

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