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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 14 Hansard (12 December) . . Page.. 4531..

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

(1) (a) Zone 2 Executives are entitled to a vehicle up to a Holden Berlina 3.8 litre automatic wagon. Totalcare have advised that the recommended retail price is $43,731 including GST but excluding delivery charges, stamp duty and registration.

(b) There are three salary levels for Zone two Executives, these are:

(i) Level 2.4 - $125,633;

(ii) Level 2.5 - $135,173; and

(iii) Level 2.6 - $157,780.

(2) (a) Executives are entitled to travel Business Class on overseas flights.

(b) & (c) Executives must travel Economy Class for all domestic trips or parts of trips under 4 hours in the air. Business Class is allowed for domestic trips or parts of trips exceeding 4 hours in the air.

(3) While there is no express restriction on Members upgrading their class of travel at their own expense, they would need to avoid purchasing or discounting arrangements that might be interpreted, under section 14(c) of the Australian Capital Territory (Self - Government) Act 1988, as taking or agreeing to take, directly or indirectly, any remuneration, allowance, honorarium, reward for services rendered in the Assembly, other than that agreed under section 73. A breach of section 14(c) would result in the Member having to vacate their office.

(4) Clause 2.2 of ACT Remuneration Determination 108 requires a non-Executive Member to establish, to the satisfaction of the Speaker, that business class travel is required on medical grounds, or that business class travel is required because of a need to confer with persons travelling business class during the flight.

Respite care

(Question No 345)

Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 10 December 2002:

(1) Has the Government's study into respite care, as advised to me by letter of 11 June 2002, and expected to take 4 to 6 months to complete, been completed.

(2) If not, when is it expected to be publicly available.

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member's question is:

(1) The Review of Respite Care Empirical Needs Study is in the process of being undertaken. This study will cover both Territory and Commonwealth funded programs. The aim of the study is to identify met and unmet need and to better coordinate existing respite care models.

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