Bills Digest 87 1995-96 Supply Bill (No. 2) 1996-97


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This Digest is prepared for debate. It reflects the legislation as introduced and does not canvass subsequent amendments.

This Digest was available from 23 May 1996

CONTENTS

Passage History

Date introduced: 8 May 1996
House: House of Representatives
Portfolio: Finance
Commencement: Royal Assent

Purpose

To authorise the Minister for Finance to issue $1 719 603 000 from the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF)for expenditure on capital works and services, payments to the States and Territories, and for other services during the 1996-97 financial year.

Background

The reader is referred to the Digest for the Supply Bill (No. 1) 1996-97.

Main Provisions

Clause 3 will authorise the Minister for Finance to issue $1 719 603 000 from the CRF for the purposes detailed in Schedule 2 of this Bill. Schedule 2 lists the Departments and programs to which the funds are allocated, including appropriations for:

  • Department of Health and Family Services - $680 749 000. This principally consists of $663 534 000 for payments to the States and Territories.

Comment: Payments to the States and Territories comprise a number of items, the main ones being home and community care ($190 936 000); health care access ($174 691 000); and assistance for people with disabilities ($148 575 000).

  • Department of Finance - $175 000 000. The total amount of $175 000 000 is for the Advance to the Minister for Finance.

Comment: The Advance to the Minister for Finance is a form of contingency fund which is kept topped-up via provisions in the Appropriation Bills and the Supply Bills. The Advance is only used to provide funding for any unforeseen and urgent expenditures. These may arise if there are unforeseen shortfalls in funding for programs for which an appropriation already exists, or may relate to totally new programs. Monies may also be provided out of the Advance to cover payments which must be made pending the Minister for Finance's authorisation for the issue of Warrant authority. (A Warrant is a document provided by the Minister for Finance to the Secretary of a Department authorising the drawing of monies from the Commonwealth Public Account. The Warrant in effect ensures or attests that the making of any payment is covered by a lawful appropriation.) The Minister for Finance tables, in Parliament, monthly statements of operations on the Advance.

  • Department of Transport and Regional Development - $139 522 000. This principally consists of $72 715 000 for capital works and services.

Comment: Neither the Bill or the Second Reading Speech to the Bill provide any guidance as to what acquisitions, buildings, works, plant and equipment the $72 715 000 is required for.

Clause 4 deals with payments to the States and Territories. Payments out of the money allocated in Schedule 2 that are specified in Schedule 1 are subject to any terms, conditions or determinations specified by the appropriate Minister.

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17 May 1996
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ISSN 1323-9032
© Commonwealth of Australia 1996

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Published by the Department of the Parliamentary Library, 1996.

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Last updated: 23 May 1996

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