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Thursday, 9 February 2017
Page: 477


Mr SUKKAR (DeakinAssistant Minister to the Treasurer) (10:37): I move:

That this bill be now read a second time.

Today, the government introduces the additional estimates appropriations bills. These bills are:

Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2016-2017; and

Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2016-2017.

These bills underpin the government's expenditure decisions.

Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2016-2017 seeks approval for appropriations from the Consolidated Revenue Fund of just under $2 billion.

I now outline the significant items provided for in this bill.

Firstly, this bill would provide the Department of Defence just over $810 million. This includes approximately $36 million for Operation Highroad and largely reflects the net effect of the reallocation between operating and capital costs, which is partially offset by the impact of foreign exchange movements.

Secondly, just under $200 million is proposed for the Department of Immigration and Border Protection in 2016-17.

This includes approximately $64 million to enhance Australia's border protection measures and support for the resettlement of refugees processed at the Regional Processing Centres on Nauru and Manus Island, and around $100 million to support the accommodation and processing of illegal maritime arrivals at regional processing centres.

Thirdly, the Department of Human Services would receive just under $156 million. This includes approximately $77 million to progress tranche two of the Welfare Payment Infrastructure Transformation program.

Fourthly, the Department of Health would receive just over $143 million. This includes approximately $30 million to commence modernising the information and communication technology systems supporting the health, aged care and related veterans' payments services; around $28 million to strengthen mental health care in Australia; and $10 million to support the establishment of a national research network that will focus on improving childhood cancer survival rates.

Details of the proposed expenditure are set out in the schedule to the bill and the portfolio additional estimates statements tabled in the parliament.

I commend this bill.

Debate adjourned.