Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 3 Hansard (6 March) . . Page.. 649..
MRS DUNNE: Mr Speaker, during question time today, the Chief Minister made reference to his approval for my vehicle, which is part of the package of being a member. I place on record the process that was gone through before I asked the Chief Minister for his approval.
I was aware that there had been precedents for non-standard vehicles to be allocated to members. I raised the possibility with the secretariat staff, who assisted me to look at the options. We considered all the options, and I chose the no-frills option. It was a manual car, the indicative cost of which, as provided by Totalcare Fleet at the time, was $39 more than the band for a standard car.
Armed with this information, I approached the Chief Minister for permission to obtain a non-standard vehicle. In the interregnum, while waiting for the Chief Minister to reply, I inquired of secretariat staff whether it would be possible for me to obtain such a vehicle and pay the difference myself. At that time, I understood the difference to be $39, but it turned out to be more than that. I was told that I could not pay the extra cost and that, even if I did, I still needed the permission of the Chief Minister to obtain a non-standard car.
MR HUMPHRIES (Leader of the Opposition): May I also make a statement under standing order 46, Mr Speaker?
MR HUMPHRIES: There were two matters mentioned in question time today. The Chief Minister says that I had a hatred of Mr Rebikoff. I have known Mr Rebikoff for a number of years, Mr Speaker, and have a high regard for the man. I have no animosity towards him, on a personal level, at all.
It was also suggested that I had singled out, for criticism, the review of MLAs' vehicles. It was stated that I took exception to that review and that I had said it was a waste of money. I have said none of those things, Mr Speaker.
Lease variations and change of use charges
MR CORBELL (Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, Minister for Planning and Minister for Industrial Relations): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present the following papers:
Land (Planning and Environment) Act-
Schedule of Lease Variations and change of use Charges for the period 1 October 2001 to 31 December 2001.
Schedule of Leases granted for the period 1 October 2001 to 31 December 2001.
I ask for leave to make a statement.