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The parliament's annual budget week sittings occurred from 14 to 17 July

State budget 2015-16

The parliament's annual budget week sittings occurred from July 14 to 17. Budget week is when the government introduces its proposed budget to the parliament, detailing revenue and expenditure for the upcoming financial year.

The budget speech was delivered on Tuesday, 14 July, with the Treasurer tabling and introducing the Appropriation Bills. (An Appropriation Bill is a legislative act proposing to authorise the expenditure of public funds for a specified purpose.)

The second reading debate on the Appropriation Bills then occurred across 16 and 17 July. 

At the conclusion of this second reading debate, the Appropriation Bills were referred to the parliament's portfolio committees for further scrutiny. This is known as the estimates process with each of the parliament’s eight portfolio committees tasked with scrutinising the proposed budgets for each of the government departments that they are responsible for overseeing. Collectively, the eight portfolio committees oversee and scrutinise all government departments.

Committees are scheduled to hold their estimates hearings over eight days of sittings from 18 to 28 August 2015. All of these hearings will be broadcast live on the parliament's website. Each committee will then report their findings to the parliament with these reports then debated by the Parliament.

This scrutiny by the parliament of the government's annual financial requirements is an important and powerful feature of the legislature's role.