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Thursday, 28 August 1941

Senator McBRIDE (South AustraliaMinister for Munitions) . - I move -

That the bill he now read a second time.

The Supply Act (No. 1) 1941-42 covers a period of two months up to the 31st August. Supply is now sought for a further period of two months - to the 31st October, 1941. The measure makes provision for an amount of £11,576,000 to meet expenditure under the following heads : -


The amounts included in the bill are based on the rates of expenditure approved in the appropriation for 1940-41. Only in a few isolated items, in connexion with which the expenditure is heavier in the earlier part of the year, has the proportion of one-third of last year's provision been exceeded. The provision made for defence and war services in this bill and in the previous Supply Act represents the amount which will be available from revenue receipts for the first four months of the year after making allowance for our other obligations. In addition to the expenditure from this defence vote there will, of course, be much greater expenditure which will be covered by existing loan appropriations. No provision has been made under the heading "Advance to the Treasurer" as the amount of £5,000,000 in Supply Act (No. 1) is adequate for requirements. Except in the case of defence and war services no provision is made in the bill for any new expenditure, and no departure from existing policy is involved.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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

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