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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.

When the Supplementary Estimates for ordinary services were presented, honorable senators were informed of the reason for, and the procedure adopted with, bills of this nature. This bill provides for an appropriation of £239,596 for expenditure on additions, new works, buildings, &c, which has been met from the vote, " Advance to the Treasurer " during the year 1940-41. Although the amount involved in this bill is £239.596, that sum does not represent an amount expended on works and buildings in excess of the original estimates. Actually, the total expenditure of £3,211,764 was £209,236 less than the sum of £3,421,000 appropriated for this purpose. Parliament is therefore being asked to approve new works expenditure which was more than counterbalanced by savings on other works. I do not propose at this stage to refer in detail to all the items which are included in the papers made available to honorable senators.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Sill read a second time, and passed through its remaining stages without amendment or debate.

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