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Griffith—Throsby Court
(Question No 64)

Mr Coe asked the Minister for Disability and Housing, upon notice, on 12 February 2009:

What are the Minister’s plans for the ongoing maintenance and upgrade of Throsby Court, Griffith, with regard to (a) painting of external areas, (b) vehicle parking, (c) energy efficiency refit program, (d) the removal of prohibited plants and environmental weeds, including privet.

Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) (a) the properties in Throsby Court (2-12 Hacking Crescent) will be painted externally in the 2009-10 financial year.

(b) Tenants in Throsby Court have been allocated off street car parking. The car parking currently meets Housing ACT Standards.

(c) Housing and Community Services is currently in the second year of a ten year energy efficiency program including retro-fitting a number of different energy efficient products in its properties. This will include Throsby Court.

(d) Privet is listed on the ‘Pest Plants’ register by Environment ACT, which means planting of the species is discouraged by but its removal is not compulsory. There are no current plans to remove it from Throsby Court.

Public service—travel
(Question No 65)

Mr Hanson asked the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, upon notice, on 12 February 2009:

(1) How much did the Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs (OATSIA) spend on travel including itemised amounts for airfares, accommodation and travel allowance for the 2007-08 financial year.

(2) What proportion of travel was domestic as opposed to international.

(3) Did any officers or staff from the OATSIA undertake international travel during the period listed in part (1); if so, what was the purpose of the trip and how much did each trip cost.

(4) What proportion of airfares were for business or first class travel as opposed to economy.

(5) What proportion of trips were on Qantas as opposed to Virgin Blue and other airlines.

(6) Does the OATSIA have a scheme where frequent flyer points accrued on departmental travel are used to help meet the costs of future travel; if so, what is the level of participation.

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