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Friday, 24 August 1906

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

That the Bill be now read a second time.

The Bill grants Supply for a period of two months. The sum of . £748,363 is being asked for. On the Last occasion we got Supply for one month, the sum then voted being £459,064, making £1,207,427 for the quarter. After deducting special appropriations, the Estimates for theyear provide for the expenditure of £4,434, 431, of which one-fourth is £1,108,608. We are therefore asking for a little in excess of an average quarter's appropriation ; but we have to do so because of specially large expenditure in connexion with ocean mail contracts, which must be incurred this quarter. The amount voted in this Bill will not exceed the amounts set out in the Estimates for the various services of the Government.

Senator Clemons - I call attentionto the state of the Senate?

Senate counted.

Senator Playford - Will the names of those present be recorded?

The PRESIDENT - I presume so.

The President adjourned the Senate at 2.32 p.m.

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