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Tuesday, 29 March 2022
Page: 1113


Mrs MA RINO (ForrestAssistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories) (13:16): I move:

That this bill be now read a second time.

The Supply (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 1) 2022-2023 provides appropriations for the first five months of 2022-23 for the operations of the Department of the Senate, the Department of the House of Representatives, the Department of Parliamentary Services and the Parliamentary Budget Office. This bill seeks approval for appropriations from the Consolidated Revenue Fund of just under $114 million. The appropriations proposed in this bill are based on five-twelfths of the estimated 2022-23 annual appropriations. The 2022-23 estimates are broadly the 2021-22 base, adjusted for economic and program specific parameters.

The bill must be passed in this session to ensure funding is available to the parliamentary departments from 1 July 2022, thereby ensuring the continuity of the parliament's operations. As with the other supply bills, I wish to emphasise that this bill seeks only to appropriate money to fund government expenditure on an interim basis until the budget appropriation bills have passed. Therefore, no new measures for the 2022-23 budget are included in this bill. This arrangement allows for annual appropriation bills for the latter part of next financial year to be passed under the new parliament in the usual way. Details of the proposed expenditure are set out in the schedule to the bill, the explanatory memorandum and the portfolio budget statements tabled in relation to the 2022-23 budget appropriations bills. I commend this bill to the chamber.

Debate adjourned.