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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 10 Hansard (25 November) . . Page.. 2871..


Legislative Assembly - Members' Entitlements

MR KAINE: Mr Speaker, through you, I direct a question to the Chief Minister. I asked you yesterday about the additional costs of certain vehicles that you had authorised. At the time you could not tell me what the additional cost to the taxpayer was. Can you tell me whether the figures quoted in the Canberra Times this morning are correct or not?

MS CARNELL: I did not read the Canberra Times, sorry.

MR KAINE: My supplementary question is: Assuming that the figures are correct - and I have no reason to doubt that they are - in each of the years in which the approvals were given for each of the three vehicles, including Mr Moore's, was the Assembly's budget supplemented to take account of this additional cost, or was the Speaker left to carry the burden as he apparently was with the staff salary allowances? My second question is: Whether that occurred or not in the years in which the approvals were given, has this year's budget been supplemented to take account of all this additional cost, or is the Speaker still carrying the burden?

MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, the costs were met from the Assembly budget for those members - Ms Tucker, Mr Rugendyke and Mr Osborne - and the Executive budget picked up Mr Moore's. Yes, they were internally funded, and still are.

Mr Kaine: You did not answer my question. Was the budget supplemented?

MS CARNELL: No.

Police - Patrol Cars

MR HARGREAVES: Mr Speaker, my question is to the Minister for Justice and Community Safety. I apologise for the delay. I thought Ms Tucker was going to do it. Can the Minister confirm the report in the Macklin column in today's Canberra Times? We can get a copy for you if you have not read it. It states:

... at 6pm on a Sunday there were only two patrol cars available in all Canberra.

It was talking about police cars.

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, even when I do read the Canberra Times, I do not read Mr Macklin's column, so I cannot say that I read that particular item. I have no idea whether there were two patrol cars or not. I will take the question on notice.


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