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Tuesday, 16 November 2004
Page: 61


Senator O'Brien asked the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 24 March 2004:

For each of the financial years 2001-02, 2002-03 and for 2003-04 to date:

(1) How much did the Commonwealth spend on the Bass Strait Vehicle Equalisation Scheme.

(2) How much was spent under the scheme for vehicles in the following categories as defined in the Ministerial Directions for the scheme: Passenger vehicle, Motorcycle, Caravan, Bicycle, and Motor home.

(3) How many vehicles subject to the scheme fell into each of these categories.


Senator Ian Campbell (Minister for the Environment and Heritage) —The Minister for Transport and Regional Services has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) Expenditure on the Bass Strait Passenger Vehicle Equalisation Scheme: 2001-02 to 2003-04.

Year

Actual expenditure

2001-02

$17.05 million

2002-03

$31.8 million

2003-04

$34.3 million

Source: Department of Transport and Regional Services financial operating system

(2) Expenditure for various types of eligible vehicle: 2001-02 to 2003-04.

Year

Cars

Buses

Motorcycles

Caravans (1)

Motorhomes/Campervans (1)

Bicycles (1)

2001-02

$16.62 m

$0.04 m

$0.39 m

$0

$0

$0

2002-03

$28.70 m

$0.07 m

$0.52 m

$1.1 m

$1.4 m

$0.02 m

2003-04

$29.98 m

$0.07 m

$0.65 m

$1.45 m

$2.1 m

$0.02 m

Source: Expenditure data is based on claims submitted by service operators under BSPVES.

Note: (1) Caravans, motorhomes and bicycles have been eligible for a rebate since 1 September 2002 while campervans have been eligible since 1 July 2003.

(3) Eligible vehicles in various categories: 2001-02 to 2003-04.

Year

Cars

Buses

Motorcycles

Caravans (1)

Motorhomes/ Campervans (1)

Bicycles (1)

2001-02

132,001

326

6,380

0

0

0

2002-03

196,846

475

7,023

7,359

5,991

1,188

2003-04

199,902

431

8,699

9,648

9,023

791

Source: Vehicle data is based on claims submitted by service operators under BSPVES.

Note: (1) Caravans, motorhomes and bicycles have been eligible for a rebate since 1 September 2002 while campervans have been eligible since 1 July 2003.