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Tuesday, 12 November 1974
Page: 2241


The CHAIRMAN - I would think you are quite right. I will take the advice of the Clerk on this matter. We have not received the report of Estimates Committee A.


Senator Cavanagh - There is nothing in the terms of appointment of the Estimate committees which states that the report must be presented before the Committee of the Whole discusses the Appropriation Bill. A Bill has been brought before us and read a first time and a second time. The Committee stage was adjourned to a later hour of the day. Normally after the second reading we go into the Committee stage. As I understand the position, Estimates Committee A has asked for leave to report at a later hour this day, and the Senate has agreed to that request. I believe the arrangements are that the Committee of the Whole will start by considering the proposed expenditures of the departments which were examined by Estimates Committee B. No question arises of considering the proposed expenditures of the departments which were examined by Estimates Committee A until such time as its report comes down. It should not stop us from discussing the Estimates as we normally discuss them. If the consideration of those expenditures is deferred until then, I would say that there is nothing in the Standing Orders that would enable you, Mr Chairman, to rule this procedure out of order.


The CHAIRMAN -The point of order that was raised by Senator Lawrie has some merit. The Minister for Agriculture intends to move that the proposed expenditures be considered commencing with the departments examined by Estimates Committee B. The consideration of the proposed expenditures of the departments examined by Estimates Committee A will be deferred until that report is brought forward.

Motion (by Senator Wriedt) agreed to:

(   1 ) That clauses 1 to 7 and the First Schedule be postponed till after consideration of the Second Schedule; (2) that, unless otherwise ordered, the votes in the Second Schedule be considered in the same groupings and order as in Estimates Committees B, C, D, E, F, G and A respectively.

Department of Foreign Affairs

Proposed expenditure, $354,265,000.

Department of Services and Property

Proposed expenditure, $83,3 10,000.

Department of the Special Minister of State

Proposed expenditure, $66,296,000.

Department of the Capital Territory

Proposed expenditure, $30,639,000.







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