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Tuesday, 9 May 2000
Page: 16093

Mr FAHEY (Minister for Finance and Administration) (8:02 PM) —I move:

That the bill be now read a second time.

It is with great pleasure that I introduce Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 2000-2001 which, together with Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2000-2001, is one of the principal pieces of legislation underpinning the second budget of the second term of the coalition government. Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 2000-2001 provides revenues for agencies to meet expenses in relation to grants to the states under section 96 of the Constitution and for payments to the Northern Territory and to the Australian Capital Territory. Administered expenses and equity injections and loans to agencies, as well as administered capital funding and carryovers. Appropriations totalling $5,105,128.5 million are sought in Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 2000-2001. Details of the proposed appropriations are set out in schedule 2 to the bill, the main features of which were outlined in the budget speech delivered by my colleague the Treasurer earlier this evening. I commend the bill to the House.

Debate (on motion by Mr Tanner) adjourned.