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Monday, 4 June 1984
Page: 2443

Senator GRIMES (Minister for Social Security)(5.50) —I move:

That the Bill be now read a second time.

I seek leave to incorporate the second reading speech in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The speech read as follow-

I present the Supply Bill (No. 1) 1984-85. This Bill, together with its companion Bills, Supply Bill (No. 2) 1984-85 and Supply (Parliamentary Departments) Bill 1984-85, seeks interim appropriations for the services of the Government for the period 1 July 1984 to 30 November 1984, by which date it is expected that the equivalent Appropriation Bills, which will form part of the Budget for 1984-85, will have been enacted.

Supply Bill (No. 1) seeks appropriations totalling some $6,609.3m for the ordinary annual services of the Government. This is $868.0m, or about 15.1 per cent, greater than the equivalent amounts provided in the Supply Act (No. 1) 1983-84.

A large part of the increase reflects staffing approvals and salary and other cost increases including the effects of the national wage case decision handed down on 4 April 1984.

The increase also includes:

$200m under the Department of Defence reflecting higher progress payments on the FA18 tactical fighter and the P3C Orion reconnaissance aircraft; and

$43m under the Department of Health for the ongoing administrative costs of Medicare benefits payments.

I wish to emphasis that this Bill does not anticipate decisions yet to be taken in the 1984-85 Budget context. I commend the Bill to the Senate.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time, and passed through its remaining stages without requests or debate.