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Tuesday, 16 November 2004
Page: 62


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 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07:

(1) What is the projected Commonwealth expenditure on the Bass Strait Vehicle Equalisation Scheme.

(2) What is the projected Commonwealth expenditure on the scheme in relation to the following categories of vehicles, as defined in the Ministerial Directions for the scheme: Passenger vehicle, Motorcycle, Caravan, Bicycle and Motor home.

(3) How many vehicles which will be subject to the scheme are projected to fall 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) Projected expenditure on the Bass Strait Passenger Vehicle Equalisation Scheme:

Year

Projected expenditure

2003-04

$34.3 million

2004-05

$43.15 million

2005-06

$43.15 million

2006-07

$43.15 million

Source: 2003-04 figures are based on actual expenditure from the Department of Transport and Regional Services Financial Operations System. Figures for other years are taken from the Portfolio Budget Statements 2004-05 for Transport and Regional Services Portfolio.

(2) Projected expenditure for various types of eligible vehicles:

Year

Cars

Buses

Motorcycles

Caravans

Motorhomes/Campervans

Bicycles

2003-04

$29.98m

$0.07m

$0.65m

$1.45m

$2.1m

$0.02m

2004-05

$38.74m

$0.08m

$0.82m

$1.83m

$2.65m

$0.03m

2005-06

$38.74m

$0.08m

$0.82m

$1.83m

$2.65m

$0.03m

2006-07

$38.74m

$0.08m

$0.82m

$1.83m

$2.65m

$0.03m

Source: 2003-04 figures are based on actual expenditure from the Department of Transport and Regional Services Financial Operations System. Projected expenditure for other years is based on the proportion of actual expenditure for each vehicle type in 2003-4, pro-rated to the total projected expenditure.

(3) Projected number of eligible vehicles in each category:

Year

Cars

Buses

Motorcycles

Caravans

Motorhomes/ Campervans

Bicycles

2003-04 (1)

199,902

431

8,699

9,648

9,023

791

2004-05

251,600

533

10,933

12,200

11,373

1,429

2005-06

251,600

533

10,933

12,200

11,373

1,429

2006-07

251,600

533

10,933

12,200

11,373

1,429

Source: 2003-04 vehicle numbers are based on claims submitted for rebate during 2003-04. Projected numbers for other years are based on projected expenditure data from Table 2 divided by the maximum rebate for each category.