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Tuesday, 23 August 1983
Page: 56

Mr KEATING (Treasurer)(9.20) —I move:

That the Bill be now read a second time.

The purpose of this Bill is to appropriate moneys for the service of the parliamentary departments for the year ending 30 June 1984. The Bill seeks appropriations of the Consolidated Revenue Fund in 1983-84 totalling $35,062,000 . Of this amount, $14,008,000 was authorised by the Supply (Parliamentary Departments) Act 1983-84, the balance of $21,054,000 being sought in this Bill. The then Government agreed in March 1982 to the provision of a separate Appropriation Bill for the Parliament which, consistent with the recommendations of the Senate Select Committee on the Parliament's Appropriations and Staffing, is not a Bill for the ordinary annual services of the Government. It was part of the agreement that detailed executive scrutiny of and control over expenditure estimates for the Parliament were not necessary and that the Government would limit its involvement to approval of the overall levels for recurrent and capital expenditure for the parliamentary departments. This has been done and the amounts included in the Bill. I commend the Bill to the House.

Debate (on motion by Mr Sinclair) adjourned.