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Thursday, 22 November 1973

Senator WILLESEE (Western AustraliaSpecial Minister of State and Minister for Foreign Affairs) - I move:

That the Bill be now read a second time.

The purpose of this Bill is to provide for expenditure from the Consolidated Revenue Fund in 1973-74 on:

(a)   The construction of public works and buildings;

(b)   The acquisition of sites and buildings;

(c)   Advances and loans;

(d)   Items of plant and equipment which are clearly definable as capital expenditure;

(e)   Grants to the States under section 96 of the Construction;

(f)   New policies not authorised by special legislation.

Details of the amount sought by each department are shown in the Second Schedule to the Bill, the sum of these appropriations being $1,261,534,000. Of this $404,973,000 was authorised by the Supply Act (No. 2) 1973-74; the balance of $856,561,000 being authorised by this Bill. The main features of the proposed expenditure were outlined in the Budget Speech. The Schedule to this Bill is the same as that contained in the document 'Particulars of Certain Proposed Expenditure in Respect of the Year Ending on 30 June 1974' which was referred to the Senate Estimates comittees on 13 September for examination and report. I commend the Bill to honourable senators.

Debate (on motion by Senator Cotton) adjourned.

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