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Wednesday, 6 December 1911

Senator STEWART (Queensland) . - I could not hear very well what was going on. I should like to know whether only one appropriation may be necessary for the building of the railway.

Senator Pearce - From the Loan Fund, yes; but not from the Consolidated Revenue Fund. In the latter case a yearly appropriation will be necessary.

Senator Sir JOSIAHSYMON (South Australia) [2.56]. - The first amendment moved by the Minister, I understand, was to omit surplusage, while the present amendment is to take out words which do not affect the power of Parliament at all, that is to make an annual appropriation or to deal with the matter by means of the

Loan Fund, to which expression the phrase"from time to time " is inapplicable. That: is what I think the effect of the amendment is. The position of the Government, I understand, is that the clause is not intended to be, and is not in effect, an appropriation of moneys for the construction of the railway. There are two methods by which that may be done,. One is by means of a Loan Bill, which, of course, would make an appropriation once and for all specifying the amount to be borrowed for the construction of -the line. The other method is by an annual appropriation of the amount expected to be required for the financial year, and the balance, if any, will lapse at the end of the year, when there will have to be a further appropriation, so that the policy which is given effect to by the clause is that the control of Parliament will remain throughout the wholeperiod of construction.

Senator McGregor - Hear, hear !

Amendment agreed to.

Bill reported with amendments.

Standing Orders suspended, and Bill passed through its remaining stages.

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