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Apropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No.2) 1994-95



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House: House of Representatives

Portfolio: Finance

Commencement: Royal Assent

Purpose

To Authorise the Minister for Finance to issue $7 239 000 from Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF), in addition to funds appropriated by the Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Act 1994-95, for the operation of the Parliamentary Departments during 1994-95.

Background

Prior to 1981 the appropriation for the Parliamentary Departments was included in Appropriation Bill (No.1), which appropriates funds for the ordinary annual services of the Government for the upcoming financial year.

Since 1982 the appropriation for the parliamentary Departments has been by a separate Bill Following the Government's consideration of the report of the Senate Select Committee on Parliaments' Appropriations and Staffing tabled on 18 August 1981. The Government agreed to a separate Appropriation Bill for Parliamentary Departments and further agreed that the Bill would not be treated as a Bill for the ordinary annual services of the Government. The Bill intended to cover both recurrent and capital expenditure and recognises that detailed control by the Parliament over individual items in this area is not necessary.

Outline

The Public Service Act 1922 Provides that the administration of the Parliament is conducted by five Parliamentary departments - the Department of the House of Representatives, and the Department of the Senate, the Department of the Parliamentary Library , the Department of the Parliamentary Reporting Staff and the Joint House Department.

The Department of the House of Representatives and the Department of the Senate are responsible for the provision of procedural, information and administrative services to Members and Senators respectively. The Department of the Parliamentary Library is responsible for provision of library, reference and research services to Members and Senators. The Department of the Parliamentary Reporting Staff is responsible for the provision of transcripts or proceedings of both Houses and their committees. Included in this Department are the Parliamentary Information Systems Office and the Sound and Vision Office. The Joint House Department performs building management, maintenance and catering functions associated with Parliament House.

It is stated in the Second Reading Speech to this Bill that the additional appropriations sought by this Bill relate primarily to replacement of various assets within Parliament, infrastructure costs associated with establishing and servicing the main Committee of the House of Representatives, changes to the Senate's Committee structures and the cost of increased facsimile usage in Parliament House.

The major additional appropriations sought by this involve:

Parliamentary Reporting Staff - $ 5 172 000;

Senate - $ 927 000; and

Parliamentary Library - $ 697 000.

Main Provisions

The Minister for Finance will be authorised to issue $7 239 000 from the CRF for the purposes specified in the Schedule of this Bill during 1994-95 (clause 3).

Clause 4 of the Bill allows the Minister to appropriate additional funds from CRF for increases in salaries and the payments during the year ending 30 June 1995. Amounts issued must be reported to the Parliament.

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Commonwealth of Australia 1994

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Published by the Department of the Parliamentary Library, 1994.