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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 1 Hansard (20 February) . . Page.. 351 ..

Answers to questions

Remuneration Tribunal-Determination No 8

(Question No 344)

Mr Cornwell asked the Speaker, upon notice:

In relation to the ACT Remuneration Tribunal Determination No. 8 and the travel conditions:

Do these conditions apply to our Australian CPA Representative, Ms Tucker, and if not, why not.

What has been the overall cost of Ms Tucker's travel upon CPA travel since her election to the position, what class did she travel, where, specifically has she visited and for how long.

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

As travel as a regional representative of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association is classed as Assembly business, the determination of the Remuneration Tribunal relating to class of air travel applies to that travel.

The overall cost to the Assembly of the travel in question was $2,756.45. Details are as follows:

Attendance at the meeting of the Executive Committee of the CPA in Kiribati from 29 April to 3 May 2002. The class of travel was business class, and the initial cost to the Assembly for a component of the cost of travel was $1689.20. However this cost was refunded by CPA Headquarters (who reimburse the Branch the cost of Executive Committee meeting travel) and so there was no cost to the Assembly budget.

Attendance at the Wilton Park Conference in London from 7 to 18 June 2002. The net cost to the Assembly was $763.34, which related to reimbursement of accommodation costs in London (2 days). The cost of airfares and conference accommodation was met by CPA Headquarters. Ms Tucker travelled economy class.

Attendance at the Regional Management Committee meeting (part of the Presiding Officers and Clerks' Conference) in Brisbane from 1 to 4 July 2002. The travel was undertaken in conjunction with a study trip and the relevant cost was $832.47, comprising $556.74 air travel, and $275.73 travel allowance. The class of travel was economy.

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