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Tuesday, 22 April 1980
Page: 1662

Senator CARRICK (New South WalesMinister for National Development and Energy) - I move:

That the Bill be now read a second time.

I seek leave to incorporate the second reading speech in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The speech read as follows-

I present Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 1979-80 which, together with Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 1979-80 which I shall introduce shortly, comprises the additional Estimates for 1979-80. In these Bills, Parliament is asked to appropriate moneys to meet essential and unavoidable expenditures additional to the appropriations made under Appropriation Acts (Nos 1 and 2) 1979-80. The additional appropriations total $367. 5m. Of this, $323. 9m is sought in Appropriation Bill (No. 3) and $43. 6m in Appropriation Bill (No. 4). The additional appropriations sought in the Bills are offset to some extent by savings in appropriations made by Appropriation Acts (Nos 1 and 2), resulting partly from the Government's determined efforts to achieve savings in expenditure wherever possible. These savings, amounting to $1 15.8m, are detailed under the relevant appropriation headings in the document, Statement of Savings Expected in Annual Appropriations, which has been distributed to honourable senators.

Notwithtanding the additional appropriations now sought, current expectations are that total outlays in 1979-80, including those financed from special appropriations, will exceed the Budget Estimate by only a relatively small margin. This reflects the Government's continued adherence to its policy of maintaining maximum expenditure restraint. I now outline some of the main areas where the Government has found it necessary to seek additional appropriations in Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 1979-80. Honourable senators will recall that the overall Budget figuring contained an allowance of $65m for prospective wage and salary rate increases in the Public Service including Defence, but that that amount was not then appropriated. Parliament is now being asked to appropriate $70. lm to meet increases in award rates and other wage and salary costs since the Budget consisting of $32m, civil, and$38.1m, Defence.

Included under administrative expenses votes is $3. 2m for the Department of Defence, due to program variations including the Zimbabwe contingent and training of FFG crews in the United States of America, and to cost increases. An amount of $ 1.5m is required by the Department of Housing and Construction to cover additional expenditure on the engagement of architects, engineers and other consultants on such projects as the Brisbane Airport development, the National Biological Standards Laboratory and new terminal complex at Coolangatta.

Under the Other Services heading,. $49.4m is sought for the Department of Defence mainly to fund a revised schedule of payments to the United States Department of Defence in relation to the FFG project, and $4 1 . 1 m for the increased cost of fuel and additional purchases arising from decisions on Defence priorities. An additional $ 12m has been included for the Department of Foreign Affairs in accordance with the Government's decision to provide $6m in relief aid to Kampuchea, $2m as Australia's contribution to Timor's humanitarian relief needs, $lm to each of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees appeals for refugees from Afghanistan and Zimbabwe and $Im each to Tanzania and Uganda.

Other significant other services provisions include: $2. lm for the Department of Administrative Services for general increases in contract rates for removal services and increases in storage service costs; together with $l.lm to enable donations to the Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Trust to be matched by the Government on a dollar for dollar basis; $2m for the Department of Business and Consumer Affairs relating mainly to a higher level of sales of subsidised products; $4.4m under the Department of Education for cost supplementation of the recurrent program for the Australian National University; $1.6m under the Department of Employment and Youth Affairs to meet additional payments under the Community Youth Support Scheme; $6m under the Department of Health for higher than expected redundancy payments to retrenched Medibank Standard staff and salaries payments to surplus staff; a further $3.2m for the Capital Territory Health Commission including additional costs for the construction of Calvary Hospital; $4.1m for the Department of National Development and Energy for payment to the Energy Research Trust Account in place of funds for energy research which are not available for payment to the newly created trust account; $2. 8m for the Department of Transport for the net increase in operating costs of the Australian National Railways; $3.6m for the Department of Productivity for increase in subsidy payable on production of Nomad aircraft; and $ 17.2m for the Department of Veterans' Affairs for increases in medical, dental, pharmaceutical, hospital and ambulance charges, together with increased use of services by veterans. I commend the Bill to honourable senators.

Debate (on motion by Senator Wriedt) adjourned.

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