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Friday, 22 June 1906

Senator PLAYFORD (South Australia) (Minister of Defence) . - I move -

That the Bill be now read a second lime.

There is no necessity for me to make a long, speech. It will be remembered that the provision which Parliament made for carrying, on the work of the Commonwealth will cease at the end of this month, and that further provision is necessary if we are to pay accounts after that date. This is simply a Bill to enable the Treasurer to pay theexpenditure incidental to the month of July. It appropriates the s;um of ,£459,064 for a month's service, or nearly exactly the same amount as was voted last year. It will be sufficient for the purpose. It may be thought by some honorable senators that, asthe ordinary public servants are only paid once a month, if we were to pass the Bill towards the end of next month it would* be quite sufficient. But the Treasurer informs me that there are a number of persons engaged in the Commonwealth whoare paid weekly, and a still greater number who are paid fortnightly, and that therefore it is always necessary to have a. Supply Bill passed as early as possible in July, or else the payments could not be made. As I propose to ask the Senate to- adjourn to the nth July, the Bill has been introduced at this stage.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time.

In Committee :

Clause 1 agreed to.

Clauses 2, 3, and 4 postponed.


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