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Friday, 30 October 1964

Senator PALTRIDGE (Western Australia) (Minister for Defence) , - I want to reply to that statement. I would not like the honorable senator to get the impression that the appropriation of this £1 million under the new legislation represents something which is new in principle or something which is a departure from practice. He said, in effect: " You have not done this before in relation to this Bill ", referring to the Appropriation (Special Expenditure) Bill. We have not, because there has never before been an Appropriation (Special Expenditure) Bill. But there is now, and it has been found necessary to appropriate this amount under that BUI. It is a case of no bill, no appropriation.

Senator Wright - Did the Minister say that this item has not been in the Appropriation (Works and Services Bill) before?

Senator PALTRIDGE - No. There has always been an appropriation.

Senator Wright - An item expressed in this way?

Senator PALTRIDGE - Yes.

Senator Wright - In each of the two appropriations Bills?

Senator PALTRIDGE__I understand not. Before this change was made the entire appropriation for the Advance of the Treasurer was made in the ordinary annual services bill. I think this represents an improvement, if I may express a personal view. We appropriate in this Bill a portion of the Treasurer's Advance which will ultimately represent special expenditure.

Senator Wright - As an item in special expenditure legislation it is a novel item.

Senator PALTRIDGE - It is novel to the extent that the Bill is novel. You cannot maintain the details of a procedure when you alter the procedure itself. You have to adjust the details to suit the altered procedure. That is all we have done.

Bill reported without amendment; report adopted.

Bill read a third time.

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