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Thursday, 7 November 1985
Page: 1702

Senator BUTTON (Minister for Industry, Technology and Commerce)(11.05) —I move:

That the Bill be now read a second time.

I seek leave to have the second reading speech incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The speech read as follows-

The purpose of this Bill is to appropriate amounts required for expenditure in 1985-86 from the consolidated revenue fund for the ordinary annual services of the Government. The expenditure program of the Government to which the provisions contained in this Bill relate was outlined in the Treasurer's Budget Speech. The amounts sought in this Bill for each department are detailed in schedule 2 and total $17,416,445,000; of this total, the Bill seeks authority for the issue of $10,231,883,000. The balance of $7,184,562,000 having already been authorised by the Supply Act (No. 1) 1985-86. An amount of $160,000,000 is also included in the Bill for the advance to the Minister for Finance, the same amount as was provided in the Supply Act (No. 1) 1985-86 which this Bill, when enacted, will subsume.

Clause 5 of the Bill provides for the appropriation of the consolidated revenue fund to enable the Minister for Finance to issue amounts for the payment of increases in salaries and payments in the nature of salary arising out of awards, orders or determinations made under, or in accordance with, a law. Allowance has been included in the overall budget figuring for such prospective increases-$162 million in respect of persons employed under the defence function and $162 million in respect of other Public Service employees; that allowance is not, however, appropriated in advance of any increases being awarded. I commend the Bill to the Senate.




The DEPUTY PRESIDENT —Is it the wish of the Senate to have a cognate debate on the three Appropriation Bills? There being no objection, I shall allow that course to be followed.