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Appropriation Bill (No.3) 1994-95



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House: House of Representatives

Portfolio: Finance

Commencement: Royal Assent

Purpose

To authorise the Minister for Finance to issue an additional $675 722 000 from the Consolidated Revenue Fund, in addition to funds appropriated by the Appropriation Act (No. 1) 1994-95, for the annual services of the government.

Background

Annual authorisations for expenditure are contained in the Appropriation Act (No. 1), which authorises expenditure for the ordinary services of government, and the Appropriation Act (No. 2), which deals with expenditure on capital works and services, payments to the States and other purposes not authorised by special legislation. The Parliamentary Departments are covered by the Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Act.

Additional appropriations may be sought in further Appropriation Bills, commonly known as additional estimates, when the appropriation sought in the Appropriation Bills is insufficient for the financial year. The additional estimates lapse on 30 June.

The major additional appropriations sought by this Bill include:

!!;!*!|!!;!*!|!! Department of Defence - $214 880 000. The major item for which additional funds are sought is equipment and stores. The amount sought is $186 338- 000. As is the norm with Appropriation Bills, virtually no specifics are provided in the Bill or Second Reading Speech as to why an additional amount is required for equipment and stores. However, the Minister in the Second Reading Speech to this Bill does say that the amount sought is mainly due to carryover from 1993-94, provision for the payment of fuel excise and the reprogramming of approved projects, together with a number of new equipment approvals. No reasons are given by the Minister why there is a carryover from 1993-94, why reprogramming of approved projects has occurred and what the new equipment approvals are. The additional appropriation sought by this Bill and that appropriated by the Appropriation Act (No. 1) 1994-95 brings the total appropriation for equipment and stores to $4 013 339 000.

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!!;!*!|!!;!*!|!! Department of Veterans' Affairs - $100 590 000. The major item for which additional funds are sought is maintenance of patients in non-departmental institutions. The amount sought is $72 675 000 million. The reasons given by the Minister in the Second Reading Speech for the additional amount being sought is that it is for the care of veterans in non-departmental institutions and reflects changed funding arrangements and increased patient numbers following the sale of the Repatriation General Hospitals at Greenslopes, Heidelberg and Daw Park. The additional appropriation sought by this Bill and that appropriated by the Appropriation Act (No. 1) 1994-95 brings the total appropriation for maintenance of patients in non-departmental institutions to $633 309 000.

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!!;!*!|!!;!*!|!! Department of Human Services and Health - $65 060 000. The major item for which additional funds are sought is for child care fee relief. The amount sought is $34 648 000. The reason given by the Minister in the Second Reading Speech for the additional amount being sought is that it reflects growth both in average fee relief and in the number of private sector places. The additional appropriation sought by this Bill and that appropriated by the Appropriation Act (No. 1) 1994-95 brings the total appropriation for child care fee relief to $607 688 000.

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!!;!*!|!!;!*!|!! Department of Employment, Education and Training - $44 877 000. The major item for which additional funds are sought is for labour market program assistance to jobseekers and industry. The amount sought is $29 966 000. The reason given by the Minister in the Second Reading Speech for the additional amount being sought is that it reflects the Government's commitment to assist the long-term unemployed to return to work. The additional appropriation sought by this Bill and that appropriated by the Appropriation Act (No. 1) 1994-95 brings the total appropriation for the labour market program assistance to jobseekers and industry to $1 623 259 000.

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Main Provisions

Clause 3 authorises the Minister for Finance to issue $675 722 000 from the CRF for the purposes specified in the Schedule to the Bill. The Schedule to this Bill gives a portfolio and program breakdown of proposed expenditure.

Clause 4 allows for additional appropriations for increases in salaries that become payable in 1994-95.

Other provisions of this Bill primarily provide for item changes that may arise from the creation of various proposed agencies, such as the Employment Services Regulatory Authority, Economic Planning Advisory Commission, Gene Technology Authority and Aviation Safety Authority.

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Commonwealth of Australia 1994.

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