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Monday, 2 May 2016
Page: 3947

Dr HENDY (Eden-MonaroAssistant Cabinet Secretary and Assistant Minister for Finance) (12:07): I move:

That this bill be now read a second time.

The purpose of Supply (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 1) 2016-2017 is to provide interim funding for the running costs and other expenditure of:

the Department of the Senate;

the Department of the House of Representatives;

the Department of Parliamentary Services; and

the Parliamentary Budget Office.

This bill seeks approval for appropriations from the Consolidated Revenue Fund of just over $97 million for parliamentary expenditure for the first part of 2016-17, broadly until about the end of November.

Supply (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 1) 2016-2017must be passed in this session to ensure funding is available to parliamentary departments from 1 July 2016, thereby ensuring the continuity of parliament's operations.

The provisions in the bill are generally based on five-twelves of the estimated 2016-17 annual appropriation, excluding budget measures.

As with the other supply bills introduced earlier, I wish to emphasise that this bill seeks provision only for appropriate money to fund government expenditure on an interim basis until appropriation bills have passed. It does not include budget measures.

This arrangement allows for Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 1) 2016-2017, or a similar bill, to be passed in 2016-17 by the next parliament if necessary.

Details of the proposed expenditure are set out in the schedule to the bill and the portfolio budget statements for the parliamentary departments tabled in parliament with the budget appropriation bills.

I commend the bill to the House.

Debate adjourned.

Leave granted for second reading debate to resume at a later hour this day.