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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 5 Hansard (3 May) . . Page.. 2039..


Labor Party—meetings (Question No 2158)

Mr Hanson asked the Minister for the Arts, upon notice, on 22 March 2012:

(1) Has any Labor Party meeting or Labor faction meeting of any description been held in the Minister's ministerial office suite; if so, (a) how many times, (b) on what dates and (c) was payment made at the time.

(2) If payment was made (a) can the Minister detail the date of each meeting, (b) what were the amounts paid for each meeting and (c) what is the date that the payment was made for each meeting.

(3) Has any Labor Party meeting or Labor faction meeting of any description been held in the Assembly that was sponsored and or facilitated by the Minister or any of her employees; if so, (a) how many times, (b) on what dates and (c) was payment made at the time.

(4) If payment was made (a) can the Minister detail the date of each meeting, (b) what were the amounts paid for each meeting and (c) what is the date that the payment was made for each meeting.

Ms Burch: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

I undertake a wide range of activities to fulfil my duties as Member for Brindabella, a number of which involve use of my office facilities. This is consistent with long-established practice, as set out for example by the Clerk of the Assembly in a letter to the then Speaker on 27 June 2008.

ACT public service—expense claims (Question Nos 2160, 2161, 2162, 2163, 2164 and 2165)

Mr Hanson asked the Minister for Women, the Minister for the Arts, the Minister for Multicultural Affairs, the Minister for Ageing, the Minister for Community Services and the Minister for Gaming and Racing, upon notice, on 22 March 2012 (redirected to the Treasurer):

(1) In relation the Minister's directorate, how many instances have there been of contested, inappropriate or queried expense claims.

(2) How many times have claims for expenses been denied.

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

(1) Expense claims in each directorate are subject to scrutiny and review by authorised financial delegates before any claim is approved for payment. Directorates' financial management systems only record approved expense claims data, upon receipt of properly authorised payment paperwork. Therefore records of expenditure cannot be interrogated to identify claims not approved for payment.


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