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Tuesday, 2 April 2019
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Mr HAWKE (MitchellSpecial Minister of State) (17:15): I'd like to thank the member for Kingsford Smith for that speech—one for the ages—and for his contribution to the debate on the supply bills that we're putting forward today. As the member noted, these are supply bills. They seek authority from the parliament for the expenditure of money from the Consolidated Revenue Fund for the 2019-20 financial year. The total of the appropriations sought through these supply bills is just under $45.7 billion. I remind all members that the bills must be passed in this session to ensure funding is available to all entities from 1 July 2019, thereby ensuring the continuity of program and service delivery.

The appropriations proposed in the bills are based on five-twelfths of the estimated 2019-20 annual appropriations as presented at the 2018-19 budget, adjusted for economic and program specific parameters and the effect of decisions announced as part of the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook or included in the 2018-19 additional estimates appropriation bills. Therefore, this funding will last through until the end of November.

I want to emphasise again that these bills seek provision only to appropriate money to fund the government expenditure on an interim basis until appropriation bills are passed. The arrangement allows for the budget appropriation bills or similar bills to be passed in 2019-20 by the next parliament if necessary. I thank all members and I commend these bills to the House.

Question agreed to.

Bill read a second time.