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Tuesday, 12 November 1974
Page: 2274

The CHAIRMAN (Senator Webster -If you would address yourself to the matter I would be more familiar with it.

Senator LAUCKE - I raise a matter of great importance concerning the constitutional rights and privileges of the Senate. As I have said, it is in relation to the placement of certain items of expenditure in the 2 Appropriation Bills, bearing in mind the limitation placed on the Senate in that certain accepted categories of expenditure may or may not be subject to amendment by the Senate. I refer to paragraph 4 of the report of Estimates Committee C which says:

During its examination of the departmental estimates, members of the Committee queried whether certain items of proposed expenditure were correctly included in Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 1974-75, a Bill which appropriates moneys for the ordinary annual services of the Government and which the Senate cannot amend, or whether the items should have been included in Appropriation Bill (No. 2 ) 1 974-75, a Bill which the Senate may amend.

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