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VICTORIA.

VICTORIA.

No. 1.

* 1. Amounting to 1,270l. 15s. 11d.

pages 72 and 73. $ 4. For 1852,

Despatches from Lieutenant-Governor LaTrobe.

No. 1.

COPY of a DESPATCH from Lieut.-Governor LA TROBE to the Right
Honourable Sir JOHN S. PAKINGTON, Bart.

(No. 54.)

1st. Additional estimate for the year 1851.*

2nd. Supplementary estimates for the year 1852, with my explanatory † 2. Pages 69 and 70. minute thereto appended, when submitted to the Legislative Council.f

3. See Abstract at

Melbourne, March 12, 1853. (Received 6th July 1853.)

SIR,

(Answered, No. 128, December 1. 1853, page 194.) REFERRING to my Despatch No. 159,* of November 4, 1852, transmitting copies of my Financial Minute laid before the Council, with the estimates of proposed expenditure for the current year, by which it was accompanied; and further, to the remarks in my Despatch No. 43, of the 2nd March 1853, paragraph 17, in adverting to the Appropriation Act, 16 Vict., No. 30, I have now the honor to forward, for the information of Her Majesty's Government, the following documents, viz. :

3rd. General and detailed estimates of the Ways and Means, and probable expenditure of the Government for the year 1853.

3,433l. 6s. 8d. For 1853,105,7147. 08. 7d.

5 & 6. See explana- as estimated and voted respectively, for the year 1853.||

tory Abstract at
page 74.
Note.-Abstracts only

are given of these
voluminous finan-

cial statements.

4th. Additional supplementary estimates for 1852 and 1853.§

5th. Explanatory statement of the expenditure of the Colonial Government

6. I would further draw attention to the enclosed succinct || explanatory statement drawn up by the Auditor General, pointing out the principal circumstances attendant upon the passing of these several estimates through the Legislative Council, and remarking upon the actual financial arrangements and prospects of the colony at this time, and which cannot be held otherwise than very satisfactory.

The Right Hon. Sir John Pakington, Bart.
&c.
&c.
&c.

I have, &c.

(Signed) C. J. LATROBE.

SUPPLEMENTARY ESTIMATE, 1852.-VICTORIA.

MINUTE of his Excellency the Lieutenant-Governor, explanatory of the Supplementary
Estimate of Expenditure for the Year 1852.

The Legislative Council having been understood to express a wish that the financial arrangements of the year 1852 should be placed before them in detail, prior to the consideration of those for the year 1853, a supplementary estimate of expenditure for the present year is now submitted.

2. The Lieutenant-Governor has already informed the Council (vide 34th paragraph of Message No. 34, of the 3d ultimo), upon what basis this estimate would be framed; but with reference to the salaries of heads of departments and other officers exceeding 2501. per annum, which are specified in the present estimate, some further information may be requisite.

3. From the 1st January, an addition of 125l. was made to all salaries exceeding 2501. and not exceeding 4751. per annum, those between 4751. and 600l. being raised to the latter sum. At the same time an increase of 50 per cent. was allowed to officers receiving not more than 250l. per annum. This arrangement continued in force during the four months January to April inclusive. From about the 1st May, it became apparent that the additions made to these salaries were wholly inadequate, in the face of the continued rise in prices and charges of every description. A further increase to a considerable extent was in consequence allowed to all subordinate officers, and those receiving higher salaries were given to understand that their claims would be submitted to the Council, and that it would be proposed to date back from the 1st May 1852, the rates of pay which might be sanctioned for the year 1853. Upon these premises the salaries now

*Page 46 of Papers relating to the Discovery of Gold in Australia, presented to Parliament, by Her Majesty's command, 16th August 1853.

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mentioned in detail bave been calculated; and any more minute explanation will be fully
afforded to the Council, as the estimates pass under review.

4. The following amended statement will show the probable Ways and Means, and the
expenditure for the year 1852, as now estimated :-

WAYS AND MEANS.

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5,941
10,962
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16,057 0
8,978 0 0
1,288 0 0

445,277 10 0
36,379 10 0

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5. The probable surplus therefore upon the year is estimated at
Adding to this the balance of the general revenue, including that
upon Schedule B. Fund, on the 31st Dec. 1851, as shewn in
the published statement of the 1st May 1852
And the balance of the gold revenue at the same date

The total is the estimated balance on the 31st Dec. 1852

261,601 19 4

2,000 10 0 756,681 14 10

414,598 0 0

481,657 0 0

896,255 0 0

6. It will be observed that the above-mentioned balance is in excess of that estimated in paragraph 35 of the financial message of the 3d November, No. 34. The difference is occasioned by the increase in the issue of gold licences, as reported by the Commissioners since the former estimate was compiled, and by the non-transfer from the debit of the Crown to the debit of the general revenue (as had been intended) of the sum of 10,000l. appropriated for roads and bridges, and of 16,000l. granted to the city of Melbourne and the town of Geelong,

139,573 5 2

48,594 0 0
12,136 6 10

200,303 12 0

This amount is exclusive of the sum of 3,000l. voted for the encouragement of steam communication with England, which was transferred to the estimates for 1853.

VICTORIA.

VICTORIA.

An ABSTRACT of the SUPPLEMENTARY ESTIMATE of EXPENDITURE, 1852, VICTORIA, exclusive of the Services connected with the Gold Fields.

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SALARIES.

STATEMENT of the PROBABLE EXPENDITURE on account of the several Departments and
Services connected with the GOLD FIELDS, for the Year 1852.

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Colonial Secretary's Office, Melbourne,
3d December 1852.

Cartage of stores, building materials, and hire of
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Repairs to the Mount Alexander road

Erecting buildings, and cost of building materials
Wages to labourers employed upon the roads, and in
and about the camp

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Amounting to two hundred and sixty-one thousand six hundred and one pounds nineteen
shillings and fourpence.

WILLIAM LONSDALE,

203,122 5 9

£ 261,601 19 4

Colonial Secretary.

VICTORIA.

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