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Thursday, 13 September 1984
Page: 990

Senator GARETH EVANS (Attorney-General)(12.47) —I move:

That the Bill be now read a second time.

I seek leave to have the second reading speech incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The speech read as follows-

The purpose of this Bill is to appropriate amounts required for expenditure in 1984-85 from the Consolidated Revenue Fund for the ordinary annual services of the Government. The expenditure program of the Government was outlined in the Budget Speech of the Treasurer (Mr Keating).

The amounts sought in this Bill for each Department are detailed in Schedule 2 and total $15,749,379,000; of this total, the Bill seeks authority for the issue of $9,140,049,800, the balance of $6,609,329,200 having already been authorised by the Supply Act (No. 1) 1984-85. An amount of $160,000,000 is also included in the Bill for the Advance to the Minister for Finance, $10,000,000 more than was provided in the Supply Act (No. 1) 1984-85 which this Bill, when enacted, will subsume. The increase reflects the experience of recent years whereby the amount provided has consistently been put under pressure during peak periods. Contributing factors have included the relatively late passage of Additional Estimates in some years-resulting in shortages of funds to meet due payments in some departments-and the inclusion in the Appropriation Bill No. 1 of provisions of a kind formerly funded under special appropriations-for example the Commonwealth employment program.

Clause 5 of the Bill provides for the appropriation of the Consolidated Revenue Fund to enable the Minister for Finance (Mr Dawkins) to issue amounts for payment of increases in salaries and payments in the nature of salary arising out of awards, orders or determinations made under or in accordance with a law. Allowance has been included in the overall Budget figuring for such prospective increases, $60m in respect of persons employed under the defence function and $ 60m in respect of other Public Service employers; that allowance is not, however , appropriated in advance or any increases being awarded.

I commend the Bill to the Senate.

Debate (on motion by Senator Kilgariff) adjourned.