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Thursday, 14 February 2019
Page: 450

Mr HAWKE (MitchellSpecial Minister of State) (11:15): I move:

That this bill be now read a second time.

The purpose of Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 2) 2018-2019 is to provide additional funding for the operations of the parliamentary departments.

This bill seeks approval for appropriations from the consolidated revenue fund of just over $4.3 million. Of this amount, $3.25 million is available for the implementation of electronic voting for divisions in the House of Representatives, should the parliament decide to support that initiative. If this progresses, this will increase the efficiency, transparency and accuracy of the voting process. Another $1 million will be received to maintain the electronic security infrastructure of the Australian Parliament House.

Details of the proposed expenditure are set out in the schedule to the bill and the Department of Parliamentary Services additional estimates statements tabled in parliament. I commend the bill to the House.

Debate adjourned.