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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 14 Hansard (8 December) . . Page.. 6041..

ACTION bus service—compensation payments (Question No 1858)

Mr Coe asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 19 October 2011:

How much compensation has been paid to (a) ACTION employees, (b) passengers of ACTION buses and (c) other drivers as a result of injuries sustained during an accident involving an ACTION bus, for the (i) 2009-10 financial year and (ii) 2010-11 financial year to date.

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

(a) The following amounts represent the claims paid to employees as a result of accidents:

(i) 2009-10 - $299,495.67

(ii) 2010-11 - $229,151.82

Note that the above amounts, while paid from ACTION, will have been reimbursed by Comcare as part of the insurance coverage.

(b) and (c) Passengers of ACTION buses and drivers of other vehicles are covered under ACTION's public liability insurance. Neither ACTION's financial database nor accident database distinguishes between amounts paid to passengers and amounts paid to drivers of other vehicles. Further, amounts paid on claims may include but not be limited to; damage to vehicles, loss of potential earnings, medical expenses and legal fees. Amounts in ACTION's financial statements for the identified two financial years represent the net amount paid over that period (amount paid, less reimbursements). ACTION pays the first $10,000 of each claim and ACTIA cover the remainder:

(i) 2009/10 - $1,102,000

(ii) 2010/11 - $158,000

(Ref: TAMS Annual Report Volume 2 page 160)

Note: The large difference between 2010 and 2011 is due to a long standing claim settled in 2010 for an accident which occurred in 1997, prior to ACTION having insurance cover provided by ACTIA.

For (a), (b) and (c) note that amounts paid for insurance claims in any financial year may include amounts for claims made in prior years.

Art—public works (Question No 1859)

Mr Coe asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 19 October 2011:

What is the annual recurrent cost of (a) lighting, (b) security and (c) cleaning of the fibreglass owl art work located on the corner of Benjamin Way in Belconnen.

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