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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1993 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 19 August 1993) . . Page.. 2517 ..

Government Vehicles - Fuel Costs

MR KAINE: My question is addressed to the Treasurer. Tuesday's backhander social welfare budget substantially increased the cost of fuel and petroleum products, which will impact on people at the lower end of the income spectrum. It will also have an impact on the ACT Government. Has the Chief Minister calculated how much additional this will cost to run the ACT Government fleet? Whilst she is on the question, has she calculated how much the fringe benefits tax will be on the 643 vehicles that are driven home each night? Has she made budget provisions for these two items?

MS FOLLETT: Madam Speaker, I will take that question on notice because I am aware that there are some exemptions that at least government vehicles get. I will need to consult with the Minister responsible, Mr Connolly, and provide Mr Kaine with a complete answer.

State Trading Enterprises

MR HUMPHRIES: My question without notice is to the Treasurer. Will the ACT Government be prepared to volunteer its State trading enterprises to be subject to Commonwealth income and sales tax in return for tax compensation? If not, why is the ACT participating in the Commonwealth-State working party to achieve this objective?

Mr De Domenico: Take it on notice.

MS FOLLETT: I will. Madam Speaker, the matters which Mr Humphries has raised, I think, are largely in the portfolio of Mr Connolly. Nevertheless, I will take the question on notice and provide him with an answer.

Woden Bus Interchange

MS ELLIS: Madam Speaker, my question is directed to the Minister for Urban Services. Can the Minister please explain the nature of the works being carried out at the Woden bus interchange?

MR CONNOLLY: There is some activity at the Woden bus interchange at the moment, apart from the activity of the ever more efficient and ever slimmer ACTION bus service under the stewardship of this Government. The activity at the moment is the beginning of a major reworking of that bus interchange in order to achieve a safer urban environment. It will be one of the landmark projects of this Government in its overall community safety strategy. People are generally aware now that crime prevention involves more than police on the beat; it involves a safe urban environment.

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