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Tuesday, 8 May 2018
Page: 3350

Mr COLEMAN (BanksAssistant Minister for Finance) (20:09): I move:

That this bill be now read a second time.

Today, the government introduces the supplementary additional estimates appropriation bills. These bills are:

Appropriation Bill (No. 5) 2017-2018; and

Appropriation Bill (No. 6) 2017-2018.

These bills underpin the government's expenditure decisions.

Appropriation Bill (No. 5) 2017-2018 seeks approval for additional appropriations from the Consolidated Revenue Fund of approximately $1.7 billion in 2017-18.

I now outline the significant items provided for in this bill.

First, this bill will provide the Department of Defence with just under $948 million to better align available Defence Integrated Investment Program funding with Defence capability project operational requirements.

Second, the Department of the Environment and Energy will receive just under $435 million to continue to deliver the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan, designed to protect, and improve, the health of the Great Barrier Reef, and to support world-first research.

Third, the Department of Education and Training will receive just over $167 million. This includes funding to implement the Research Infrastructure Investment Plan, informed by the 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap.

Details of the proposed expenditure are set out in the schedule to the bill and the portfolio supplementary additional estimates statements tabled in the parliament.

I commend this bill to the House.

Debate adjourned.