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Wednesday, 3 June 1942

Mr CHIFLEY (Macquarie) (Treasurer) . - I move-

Supplementaryestimates, 1940-41 .

That the following furthersums be granted to His Majesty to defray the charge? for the year 1940-41, for the several services hereunder specified, viz.: -

Part1. - Departments and Services - Other thanBusiness Undertakings and Territories of the Commonwealth.


SupplementaryEstimatesforAdditions. NewWorks,Buildings,Etc..1940-41.

That there be granted to His Majesty to the service of the year1940-41 for the purposesof Additions. New Works, Buildings. &c.. a further sum not exceeding £230,596

The Supplementary Estimates for the year ended the 30th June, 1941, which have been tabled, cover the items of unforeseen expenditure for which no specific Parliamentary approvalhas been given,but which were met temporarily out of the provision for Treasurer's Advance pending submission to Parlia ment intheformofthese Estimates. Particulars of this unforeseen expenditure in the form of Supplementary Estimates are now submitted for covering appropriation by Parliament,. As copies of these Estimates have been circulated among honorable members, I do not propose to refer to the items in detail. Of the amount of £5,000,000 voted for Treasurer's Advance in 1940-41, the sum of £1,419,090 was expended on ordinary departmental services and war services payable from revenue, whilst, £239,596 was used for additions, new works and buildings. For the last-named sum, Supplementary Estimates will shortly be submitted separa tely.

Although Parliament is being asked to appropriate £1,419,090, the expenditure for the year was actually £119,786 less than the total provision for ordinary services in the main Appropriation Act. This is because, in many cases, this new expenditure was made contingent on savings of similar amounts in other items. In other votes, straight-out savings were possible. Defence and War Services account for £881,631 of the amount of £1,419,090 included in the bill.

Full details of the expenditure which is now submitted for approval have already been furnished to Parliament in the Estimates and budget papers for 1941-42. The Estimates compare the amount voted for1941-42 with the actual expenditure for1940-41, whilst the budget papers also record the expenditure. Details were also included in. the Treasurer's finance statement for 1940-41 which has been tabled for the information of honorable members. In order that honorable members will have an assurance that these Estimates are based upon properly audited accounts, it is the practice to await the report of the Auditor-General on the accounts of the year under review. The Auditor-General's report was laid on the table of the House on the 25th February, 1942.

The honorable member for Lilley (Mr. Jolly) criticized the delay that has occurred in presenting these Supplementary Estimates to Parliament. I remind the honorable member that they must first be submitted to the Auditor-General,

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