Chapter 13 - Financial legislation

Procedure Committee’s proposals

The Procedure Committee, in its first report of 1996 (PP 194/1996), recommended a scheme for the interpretation and application of section 53 of the Constitution, based on the foregoing analysis. Essentially, the scheme would require bills which appropriate money, either directly or indirectly, to contain an appropriation clause and to be first introduced into the House of Representatives, and bills which increase taxation to be treated as bills imposing taxation, and would provide for certifications by the government as to whether particular amendments moved in the Senate would increase expenditure from an indefinite appropriation, with statements of reasons for such certification. This proposal has not yet been adopted by the Senate.

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