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Thursday, 17 October 1985
Page: 1429

Senator WALSH (Minister for Finance) —by leave-Firstly, may I express my amazement at Senator Georges, who sat here in 1975 when the Senate, in collaboration with a corrupt judiciary and vice-regal establishment, ultimately secured the dismissal of an elected Labor government. The appropriations for the Parliament will be decided by the Executive Government. The Executive Government means, of course, whatever party has command of a majority in the House of Representatives. It will certainly not be decided by the Senate. A policy which is frequently applied to government departments is that when a department makes a decision to take on some new function it is required to absorb within existing appropriations the cost of that additional function. I have not yet decided to apply- ultimately it will be a decision of the Government and not of me alone-but I will certainly consider applying that same principle to the decision that the Senate has just made. That is, any additional expenditure required because of the decision of this Senate to establish another select committee will be absorbed within existing appropriations.