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Wednesday, 11 May 1960

Mr HAROLD HOLT (Higgins) (Treasurer) . - I move -

That the bill be now read a second time.

The purpose of this bill is to appropriate £266,856,000 to carry on the necessary normal services of Government, other than capital works and services, during the first five months of the financial year 1960-61. These are services placed before the Parliament in the Appropriation Acts 1959-60.


These represent, with minor exceptions, approximately five-twelfths of the 1959-60 appropriations. In the case of salaries votes, additional amounts have been included to cover the cost during the supply period of marginal increases which were granted in December, 1959. The amount of £85,841,000 for Defence Services provides for expenditure on the current defence programme and the amount of £37,947,000 for War and Repatriation Services provides for expenditure on war pensions and repatriation and rehabilitation services. Except in relation to defence, no amounts are included for new services. However, an amount of £16,000,000 is sought for an " Advance to the Treasurer " to make advances which will be recovered within the financial year; and to make moneys available to meet expenditure, particulars of which will afterwards be submitted to Parliament.

Debate (on motion by Mr. Calwell) adjourned.

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