Freedom of Information Bill 1978 and aspects of the Archives Bill 1978
Select Committee on South West Tasmania
Leading up to the 1980s there was growing discontent that appropriations for the parliamentary departments were funded under the government’s ordinary services appropriation bill, which the Senate was not empowered to amend. There were also concerns about the Public Service Board’s role in approving parliamentary staffing arrangements.
A select committee established in May 1980 to investigate Parliament’s financial dependence on the government concluded that it was a symptom of ‘the growing imbalance in the relationship between Parliament and the Executive’—with grave ramifications for parliamentary independence.
On the committee’s recommendation, the government introduced a separate appropriation bill for parliamentary expenditure commencing in the 1982–83 financial year. The government also agreed to the 1982 establishment of a standing Appropriations and Staffing Committee to determine annual Senate staffing and funding estimates. The standing committee today also oversees aspects of parliamentary administration.
Senator Don Jessop
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Senator Donald Scott Jessop, committee member 1980-81, Interview with Bruce Edwards, 1990-91
National Library of Australia, TRC 4900/91, session 13, 00:03:33-00:08:05.
14th edition, 2016
Parliamentary Library Economics Section, ‘Budget concepts—appropriations and the power of the Senate: a quick guide’
10 May 2018 (PDF)