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Tuesday, 21 May 1985
Page: 2239

Senator BUTTON (Minister for Industry, Technology and Commerce)(4.39) —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-

This Bill, together with its companion Bills, Supply Bill (No. 2) 1985-86 and Supply (Parliamentary Departments) Bill 1985-86, seeks interim appropriations for the services of the Government for the period 1 July 1985 to 30 November 1985, by which date it is expected that the equivalent Appropriation Bills, which will form part of the Budget for 1985-86, will have been enacted.

Supply Bill (No. 1) seeks appropriations totalling some $7,189.6m for the ordinary annual services of the Government. This is $580.3m, or about 8.8 per cent, greater than the equivalent amounts provided in the Supply Act (No. 1) 1984-85. A significant part of the increase reflects the flow-through of staffing approvals in 1984-85 and salary and other cost increases including the effects of the national wage case decision handed down on 3 April 1985.

The increase also includes: $36m for the effects of price increases and the decrease in the value of the Australian dollar on new and replacement defence equipment and stores, and on repairs and overhaul; $39.2m reflecting substantial increases in allowance levels approved for 1985 and increased participation levels in both secondary and tertiary education under student assistance programs; $140m in respect of the first home owners scheme, provision for which in 1984-85 was made by a standing appropriation under the First Home Owners Act 1983; and $32m under the Department of Resources and Energy reflecting an arrangement with Queensland Mines Limited to purchase that proportion of its total uranium production originally destined for export to the French authority Electricite de France. This follows the Government's decision to impose an embargo on uranium sales to France.

I wish to emphasise that this Bill seeks interim provision only in respect of approved ongoing policies of the Government. It does not anticipate decisions yet to be taken in the 1985-86 Budget context for which provision will be sought in the Appropriation Bills. I commend the Bill to the Senate.

Debate (on motion by Senator Lewis) adjourned.