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Thursday, 26 February 1987
Page: 748

(Question No. 1593)

Senator Reid asked the Minister representing the Minister for Local Government and Administrative Services, upon notice, on 10 December 1986:

(1) During the protest by a group of women outside Parliament House during October, was Commonwealth Car Transport provided to any of the protesters at any time?

(2) If so, on each occasion, what were their names and how many passengers travelled in each car?

(3) If so, on each occasion, at whose request?

(4) If so, on each occasion, at what cost?

(5) If so, on each occasion, what was the:

(a) Origin

(b) Destination

(c) Date

(d) Approximate Departure Time

(e) Approximate Arrival Time?

(6) If so, on each occasion, was the car scheduled or requested on-the-spot from the car pool?

(7) Who authorised any such use?

Senator Gietzelt —The Minister for Local Government and Administrative Services has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) to (5) There are no identifiable records within my Department of any bookings having been made with its ACT Regional Office for Commonwealth vehicles to transport protesters associated with the `Women for Survival Camp' from Parliament House or its vicinity to overnight accommodation on either 22 or 23 October 1986.

(6) and (7) Individual bookings for Commonwealth vehicles, specifically allocated in bulk by my Department, to service the requirements of Senators and Members are the responsibility of the Presiding Officers in the respective Chambers.