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Tuesday, 22 April 1980
Page: 1663


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. 4) 1979-80 in which appropriations totalling $43. 6m- additional to those made by Appropriation Act (No. 2) 1979-80- are sought for capital works and services, payments to or for the States, and other services. The proposed appropriations are needed to meet essential and unavoidable expenditures for which provision was not made in Appropriation Act (No. 2) 1979-80. I now mention some of the major items in respect of which additional appropriations are sought in the BDI.

An amount of $5.6m to be provided for the Department of the Capital Territory includes labour and costs increases- $4. 6m- which are a Commonwealth liability under the terms and conditions of National Capital Development Commission contracts and additional fees$0.8m on major projects resulting from increased building costs. An amount of $3. 5m is required under the Department of National Development and Energy for the Pipeline Authority, principally in relation to the settlement of a litigation dispute with one of the contractors for the construction of the Moomba-Sydney pipeline. An increase of $5. 6m in working capital is required for the Department of Productivity to finance production of aircraft by the Government Aircraft Factories. Sales are now expected to be finalised early in 1 980-8 1 when a repayment of excess working capital should be possible.

To enable initial payments to be made to the States and the Australian Capital Territory under the first stage of a $250m five-year program and to help school leavers make the transition from school to work, $7m is to be provided under the Department of Education. An amount of $ 10.9m is included under the Department of Finance to provide additional funds necessary to meet the Commonwealth's contribution towards increased estimated expenditure by the States on natural disaster relief and restoration, mainly in respect of recent disasters, including extension of drought relief arrangements in Western Australia and cyclone activity in Queensland.

Other additional appropriations of significance include:

An amount of $1.5m for the Department of Housing and Construction, the major part of which is required as a consequence of faster than anticipated progress with construction of the multi-storey ward block and kitchen at the Repatriation General Hospital Greenslopes; $1.5m for the Department of National Development and Energy, being the Commonwealth's sharethat is, one-quarter- of additional costs for the Dartmouth Dam incurred by the Murray River Commission; $lm for the Department of Transport to meet cost escalation on committed purchases of capital equipment, relative to provision of airport and airway services; and $I.3m for the Department of the Treasury being additional funds to be provided to the Northern Territory by means of tax-sharing entitlement and general purpose capital assistance, following transfer of Executive responsibility for the Northern Territory Supreme Court to the Northern Territory Government on 1 October 1 979. 1 commend the Bill to honourable senators.

Debate (on motion by Senator Wriedt) adjourned.







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