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Thursday, 6 November 2003
Page: 22295


Mr ABBOTT (Leader of the House) (9:49 AM) —I move:

That the resolution of the House of 9 October 1984, as amended, setting out the requirements for the declaration of Members' Interests be amended as follows:

Paragraph (i) (other assets)—

omit “$5000”,substitute “$7500”.

Paragraph (k) (gifts)—

omit “$500”,substitute “$750”,omit “$200”,substitute “$300”.

Paragraph (l) (sponsored travel)—

omit the paragraph, substitute:

“(l) any sponsored travel or hospitality received where the value of the spon-sored travel or hospitality exceeds $300”.

This motion brings the requirements for declaration in this House into line with the requirements recently introduced in the Senate. This takes the limit above which gifts from official sources must be declared from $500 to $750, it takes the limit above which gifts from other sources must be declared from $200 to $300, it takes the limit above which other assets must be declared from $5,000 to $7,500, and it sets a new limit for the declaration of sponsored travel or hospitality—namely, $300.

I think these new limits are quite reasonable. I should point out to the House that some of these limits have not been changed since 1984 and there has been a 116 per cent increase in the CPI since then. Other limits have not been increased since 1994 and there has been a 27 per cent increase in the CPI since then. So it does make sense for the level at which gifts and other assets are declared to be increased. In conclusion, I would like to thank the members of the House of Representatives Members' Interests Committee, including the chairman, the member for Kalgoorlie, and the deputy chairman—your good self, Mr Deputy Speaker Jenkins—upon whose initial recommendations these changes today are based.