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Wednesday, 3 June 1942

Senator KEANE (Victoria) (Minister for Trade and Customs) . - I move -

That the bill be now read a second time.

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 approval has been given but which were met temporarily out of Treasurer's Advance pending submission to Parliament in the form of these Estimates. Particulars of this unforeseen expenditure are now submitted for approval by Parliament. As copies of these Estimates have been circulated, I do not propose at this stage to refer to the items in detail. Of the amount of £5,000,000 voted for Treasurer's Advance in 1940-41, £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. Supplementary estimates will shortly be submitted in respect of the latter amount. Although in this bill, 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 Bill. 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 out 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. In the Estimates a. comparison is made between the amount voted for 1941-42 and the actual expenditure for 1940-41; 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 senators. In order that the Senate 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. That report was laid on the table of the Senate on the 25th February last.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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

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