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Thursday, 25 July 2019
Page: 983

Mr EVANS (BrisbaneAssistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management) (09:54): I move:

That this bill be now read a second time.

Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 1) 2019-2020 provides appropriations for 2019-20 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 is substantively the same as the bill of the same name that was introduced into the previous parliament in April this year.

Together with Supply (Parliamentary Departments) Act (No. 1) 2019-2020, this bill provides appropriations for the expenditure of the parliamentary departments for the full year of 2019-20.

The most significant item in this bill is for the Department of Parliamentary Services, which will receive almost $126 million for the maintenance of the Australian Parliament House and to support the functions of parliament and parliamentarians through the provision of professional services, advice and facilities.

This amount also includes funding to replace the original Australian Parliament House auxiliary power system to ensure the continued supply of power for critical systems and to upgrade the mobile phone antenna for the benefit of building occupants and visitors.

Details of the proposed expenditure are set out in the schedule to the bill and the 2019-20 portfolio budget statements.

Debate adjourned.