Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 10 Hansard (26 November) . . Page.. 3165 ..
APPENDIX 1: Incorporated in Hansard on 24 November 1998 at page 2801
QUESTION TAKEN ON NOTICE WITHOUT NOTICE:
STAFF SALARIES ALLOCATIONS FOR CROSS-BENCH MEMBERS
Question (from Mr Kaine): Chief Minister, about eight months ago, you issued a determination, I presume, increasing the staff salary allowances of the then four cross benchers, to the tune of $10,000 each; $40,000. That was two-thirds of the way through the fiscal year. Obviously, no budgetary provision had been made. What were the financial arrangements made to accommodate that $40,000?
The Chief Minister's response is:
. Following the election in March of this year, I agreed to increase the staff salary allocations to cross bench members and the Speaker to equal the average of allocations available to the Opposition Members. The increased allocations became effective from 19 March 1998.
. This decision increased the allocations for each cross bench Member, and the Speaker, by $10,607 per annum. The total increase in allocations for the five Members was $53,035. However, since the increase occurred toward the end of the financial year, the additional expenditure in 1997-98 was only about a third of this figure.