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Wednesday, 23 September 1936

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) . - I move -

That the bill be now read a second time.

The purpose of this bill is to appropriate £600,000 for works chargeable to the loan fund. The total of the Loan Estimates for 1936-37, as set out in the budget, is £3,107,339. Full details of all the proposed works chargeable to the loan fund will be found on pages 290- 295 of the Estimates. The £3,107,339 proposed to be expended out of the loan fund this year is for the following purposes : -



It is unnecessary to ask Parliament to appropriate the full sum of £3,107,339, because many of the amounts included in the proposed expenditure have already been appropriated in earlier sittings of the Parliament under special acts, such as those relating to farmers' debt adjustment, the Port Augusta to Port Pirie railway, unemployment relief works in the States, and grants to the States for mining and forestry. The only amount included ia the proposed loan expenditure which has not already been appropriated is a sum of £600,000 for postal works. This bill accordingly provides only for the appropriation of that amount.

As was explained in connexion with the proposals for new works expenditure from revenue, the total amount to be provided for post office, telegraphic, and telephonic works in the present year is £2,353,000. Of that sum, £1,750,000 is provided for in the new works votes from revenue, and £603,000 is included in the Loan Estimates. Of the £603,000, the sum of £3,000 was provided in an earlier appropriation. All the postal works will be of a reproductive character and are urgently necessary to meet the increasing demands of the public for better postal, telegraphic, and telephonic facilities.

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