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Monday, 25 August 1997
Page: 6832

(Question No. 1864)


Mr Bevis asked the Minister for Administrative Services, upon notice, on 18 June 1997:

(1) Are security checks undertaken on private hire car drivers who undertake Comcar transport; if so. what.

(2) Are security clearance ratings provided to private hire car drivers who undertake Comcar transport; if so, what.

(3) Does Comcar observe any criteria when determining which jobs will be undertaken by a Comcar or private hire car; if so, what.

(4) Does Comcar observe any order of priority when determining which Members of Parliament will receive a Comcar and which will not; if so, what.


Mr Jull —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) Yes. All hire car drivers are required to have police checks.

(2) No.

(3) & (4) COMCAR drivers are assigned against an order of precedence; availability of COMCAR driver for allocation at the time and relative cost effectiveness considerations under the order of precedence, priority is given to the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, the Presiding Officers, Ministers, Opposition Office-holders, Leaders of Minority Parties, Women Senators and Members and those Parliamentarians assessed by relevant authorities as having a high car security requirement.