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Thursday, 8 February 2018
Page: 712


Mr COLEMAN (BanksAssistant Minister for Finance) (10:08): I move:

That this bill be now read a second time.

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

Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2017-2018; and

Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2017-2018.

These bills underpin the government's expenditure decisions.

Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2017-2018 seeks approval for appropriations from the Consolidated Revenue Fund of approximately $1.4 billion.

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

First, this bill would provide the Department of Home Affairs with approximately $576 million, including for further support for regional processing arrangements and additional support for processing increasing numbers of visa applications.

Second, the Department of Education and Training would receive approximately $95 million. This includes just over $69 million for enhancing the current National Computational Infrastructure supercomputer at the Australian National University to bring it to current world-class standards.

Third, the Attorney-General's Department would receive approximately $70 million. This includes approximately $38 million in 2017-18 for the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry.

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

I commend the bill to the House.

Debate adjourned.