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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 9 Hansard (18 November) . . Page.. 2622 ..

MR WOOD: In fact, the statement I made was about vehicles operated by community-based bodies. I am relaying what they are saying to me and what their leasing companies are saying to them. Chief Minister, obviously you have been assessing the potential impact in the future on government fleets. If there emerges, as is feared, a problem with the community agencies, would you look at any case they would bring to you, because it could have an impact on the way they attend to people in the community?

MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, I would not have thought it took a genius to work out that if the prices of used cars were coming down for the government fleet they would also be coming down for cars leased by community groups.

Mr Stanhope: So they are all wrong, are they?

Mr Wood: That is not what they are being told.

MS CARNELL: That happens to be the case. Mr Speaker, I think I explained very lucidly how leasing companies work out leases on cars, not just government cars but cars generally. They look at the cost of new cars, the cost of second-hand cars, the residual value of cars going back into the market and what it costs to maintain those cars - insurance and registration. The same thing occurs for both community-based groups and government groups.

I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

ACTEW - Projected Income

MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, I have some further information on a question that Mr Corbell asked in question time, which, I have to say, shows but again the fact that those opposite are a little tiny bit loose with the facts.

Mr Kaine: That's calling the kettle black!

Mr Corbell: People in glass houses - - -

MR SPEAKER: Please come to order; otherwise the information will have to be repeated.

MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, I am advised by Mr Mackay that he wrote to the chair of the Estimates Committee earlier this week. So, contrary to what was said in question time, that did not indicate that there was any information from Mr Mackay at all.

Mr Stanhope: In estimates he did.

MS CARNELL: No; he wrote earlier - - -

MR SPEAKER: Just a moment. Order, please! The Chief Minister is providing some additional information. That, I understood, was earlier this week. Is that correct?

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