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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 7 Hansard (1 July) . . Page.. 3259..


Bushfires-power supply

(Question No 1558)

Mr Smyth asked the Treasurer, upon notice, on 25 May 2004:

(1) In relation to the Macgregor substation, when was (a) ACTEW and (b) TransGrid warned that the January 2003 bushfires could pose a significant threat to it;

(2) What advice did ACTEW provide to Cabinet or individual ministers about the possible threat of a disruption to the power supply due to the 2003 bushfires causing substantial damage to the Macgregor substation;

Mr Quinlan: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The Government considers that it is not in the best interests of the ACT to have these matters discussed in a public forum and will not be responding to this question. The Government will arrange a confidential briefing by the Chair of the Emergency Management Committee if requested. A confidentiality agreement will also be required as part of this briefing.

(2) This question deals with the workings of Cabinet and, therefore, it is inappropriate to provide this information for public release.

Motor vehicles-government leases

(Question No 1559)

Mr Smyth asked the Treasurer, upon notice, on 25 May 2004:

(1) In relation to motor vehicle leases, how many cars does the A.C.T. Government lease for (a) government and (b) private use by A.C.T. Government employees as part of a salary package;

(2) What is the total annual cost of the A.C.T. Government's car leasing arrangements;

(3) How many cars were involved in collisions in (a) 2002-03 and (b) 2003-04 to date;

(4) What is the cost to the A.C.T. Government of those collisions;

(5) Does the A.C.T. Government have a program of driver instruction or training to reduce the number and cost of motor vehicle collisions.

Mr Quinlan: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) At end April 2004, there were 1,503 vehicles leased for government purposes.

(2) The total annual lease cost of the abovementioned vehicles is approximately $12.98 million. Costs of fuel and some maintenance are borne by the individual agencies and consolidated information is not readily available.

Privately purchased lease costs are fully met by employees.


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