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Thursday, 16 May 1957

Sir ARTHUR FADDEN (McphersonTreasurer) . - I move -

That the bill be now read a second time.

The purpose of this bill is to appropriate £184,212,000 to carry on the necessary normal services of Government, other than capital works and services, during the first four months of the financial year 1957-58. These are services approved by the Parliament in the Appropriation Acts 1956-57. The several amounts provided for ordinary services are -


These amounts represent, with minor exceptions, approximately one-third of the 1956-57 appropriations. The amount of £63,059.000 for Defence Services provides for expenditure on the current defence programme, and the amount of £25,871,000 for War and Repatriation Services provides for expenditure on war pensions and repatriation and rehabilitation services. Except in the relation to defence, no amounts are included for new services.

However, an amount of £16,000,000 is sought for an Advance to the Treasurer to enable the payment of the special grants to South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania to be continued pending the report of the Commonwealth Grants Commission, to make advances which will be recovered during the financial year and also to meet unforeseen and miscellaneous expenditure, particulars of which will afterwards be presented to Parliament.

Debate (on motion by Mr. Ward) adjourned.

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