Legislative Council: Thursday, July 07, 2022



Appropriation Bill 2022

Second Reading

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Attorney-General, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector) (15:45): I move:

That this bill be now read a second time.

I seek leave to have the second reading explanation and explanation of clauses inserted in Hansard without my reading them.

The Hon. F. PANGALLO: No; I ask that it be read.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is not granted.

The Hon. K.J. MAHER: The Appropriation Bill 2022 reflects the Treasurer's budget that was tabled in this house on budget day, June 2022. By way of explanation of clauses:

Part 1—Preliminary

1—Short title

This clause is formal.


This clause provides for the bill to operate retrospectively to 1 July 2022. Until the bill is passed, expenditure is financed from appropriation authority provided by the Supply Act.


This clause provides relevant definitions.

4—Issue and application of money

This clause provides for the issue and application of the sums shown in schedule 1 to the bill. Subclause (2) makes it clear that the appropriation authority provided by the Supply Act is superseded by this bill.

5—Application of money if functions or duties of agency are transferred

This clause is designed to ensure that where parliament has appropriated funds to an agency to enable it to carry out particular functions or duties and those functions or duties become the responsibility of another agency, the funds may be used by the responsible agency in accordance with parliament's original intentions without further appropriation.

6—Expenditure from hospitals fund

This clause provides authority for the Treasurer to issue and apply money from the hospitals fund for the provision of facilities in public hospitals.

7—Additional appropriation under other Acts

This clause makes it clear that appropriation authority provided by this bill is additional to authority provided in other acts of parliament, except, of course, in the Supply Act.

8—Overdraft limit

This sets a limit of $150 million on the amount which the government may borrow by way of overdraft.

Schedule 1—Amounts proposed to be expended from the Consolidated Account during the financial year ending 30 June 2023

Debate adjourned on motion of Hon. N.J. Centofanti.