Tuesday, 3 May 2016
Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 1) 2016-2017; Second Reading
That this bill be now read a second time.
The purpose of Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 1) 2016-2017 is to provide the balance of 2016-17 annual appropriation funding for the operations of the Department of the Senate, the Department of the House of Representatives, the Department of Parliamentary Services and the Parliamentary Budget Office. This bill seeks approval for appropriations from the Consolidated Revenue Fund of just over $147 million for 2016-17. The Department of Parliamentary Services would receive just over $25 million to maintain the integrity and amenity of Parliament House.
The provisions in the bill seek authority for appropriations broadly equivalent to seven-twelfths of the estimated 2016-17 annual appropriations plus budget measures. Together with Supply (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 1) 2016-2017, this bill provides appropriations for the expenditure of the parliamentary departments for the full year of 2016-17. Details of the proposed expenditure are set out in the schedule to the bill and the portfolio budget statements for the parliamentary departments. I commend the bill to the House.