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Wednesday, 14 May 1980
Page: 2211

Senator Dame MARGARET GUILFOYLE (Victoria) (Minister for Social Security) (5.44)- I move:

That the Bill be now read a second time.

This Bill, together with its companion Bill, Supply Bill (No. 2) 1980-81, seeks interim appropriations for the services of the Government for the period I July 1980 to 30 November 1980, by which date it is expected that the Appropriation Bills (Nos I and 2), forming part of the 1980-81 Budget, will have been enacted. Supply Bill (No. 1) seeks appropriations totalling some $4,247m for the ordinary annual services of the Government. This is $185m or 4.6 per cent greater than the amounts provided in the Supply Act (No. 1) 1979-80. The Bill includes $100m for the Advance to the Minister for Finance, which is the same amount as the provision in the Supply Act (No. 1) 1979-80. I wish to emphasise that the Supply Bills are not to be interpreted as in any way anticipating decisions yet to be taken in respect of the 1980-81 Budget. I commend the Bill to honourable senators.

Debate (on motion by Senator Georges) adjourned.

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