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APPROPRIATION BILL (NO. 1) 1999-2000—BUDGET DEBATE

The order of the day having been read for the further consideration in detail of the Bill—

Consideration in detail

Schedule—

Proposed expenditures—

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, $394 718 000—

Department of the Environment and Heritage, $593 270 000—

together further debated and agreed to.

ADVANCE \5.75Ordered—That the order for consideration of the proposed expenditures agreed to by the Main Committee on 21 June 1999 be varied by considering the proposed expenditures for the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Department of the Treasury and the Department of Finance and Administration together.

Proposed expenditure—Department of Transport and Regional Services, $374 483 000—debated.

Suspension of sitting

At 5.52 p.m., a division having been called in the House, the proceedings were suspended.

Resumption of sitting

At 6.05 p.m., the proceedings were resumed.


Debate continued.

Suspension of sitting

At 6.28 p.m., the Deputy Speaker left the Chair.

Resumption of sitting

At 8 p.m., the Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair.

Debate continued.

Proposed expenditure agreed to.

Proposed expenditure—Attorney-General[quot ]s Department, $1 319 396 000—debated and agreed to.

Suspension of sitting

At 8.32 p.m., a division having been called in the House, the proceedings were suspended.

Resumption of sitting

At 8.45 p.m., the proceedings were resumed.

Proposed expenditure—Department of Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business, $2 126 581 000—debated and agreed to.

Proposed expenditure—Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, $527 972 000—debated and agreed to.

Proposed expenditure—Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, $1 753 131 000—Debated and agreed to.

Proposed expenditures—

Department of Defence, $14 277 978 000—

Department of Veterans[quot ] Affairs, $367 421 000—

together debated and agreed to.

Proposed expenditure—Department of Industry, Science and Resources, $1 714 042 000—debated and agreed to.

Proposed expenditures—

Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, $1 230 895 000—

Department of the Treasury, $2 069 141 000—

Department of Finance and Administration, $794 458 000—

Debate adjourned (Mr Hawker), and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting.