Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
 Download Full Day's HansardDownload Full Day's Hansard    View Or Save XMLView/Save XML

Previous Fragment    Next Fragment
Wednesday, 31 October 1956


Mr E JAMES HARRISON (BLAXLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) on asked the Minister for the Interior, upon notice - !. Kev/ many Ministers and other members of the present Parliament, showing ex-Ministers separately, retain the gold pass?

2.   How many ex-members of the Parliament hold a gold pass?

3.   Can he state (a) whether members of all State Parliaments enjoy free travel on interstate railways, including the Commonwealth railways, through the medium of a gold pass; (b) whether book passes are issued to the wives of all members of State Parliaments which entitled them to free travel on interstate and Commonwealth railway; and (c) how many State public servants and officers of State instrumentalities hold gold passes for interstate travel, including travel on Commonwealth railways?

4.   By how much each year does the Commonwealth railways revenue benefit as the result of the gold passes held in the groupings referred to, and on what basis is payment made?


Mr Fairhall - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   Thirty-four senators and members of the present Parliament are in possession of a life gold pass issued by the Commonwealth. This number comprises thirteen Ministers, twenty ex-Ministers and one private member.

2.   Twenty-two ex-members of Parliament hold a life gold pass.

3.   No.

4.   Holders of life gold passes issued by the Commonwealth Governments are entitled to travel on the Commonwealth railways, but the amount paid by the Commonwealth Government for the pass covers only unlimited travel over the State railway systems. Where the holder travels on the Commonwealth railways the Commissioner claims the cost of the actual journey undertaken from the Department of the Interior. The amount of revenue obtained by the Commonwealth Railways from this particular travel is not readily available.


Mr E JAMES HARRISON (BLAXLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) on asked the Minister for the Interior, upon notice -

1.   Is any payment made to State transport departments or to Commonwealth Railways in respect of gold passes held by (a) Ministers or other members of this Parliament and (b) exmembers of this Parliament?

2.   If so, how much is involved, and to what authorities is the payment made?


Mr Fairhall - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   Yes.

2.   £160 per annum in respect of each life gold pass. This amount is distributed between the States as follows: -

 

These amounts cover travel only over the State transport systems. Should the holder of a Commonwealth life gold pass travel on the Commonwealth railways a debit is raised by the Commonwealth Railways Commissioner with the Department of the Interior for the actual cost of the journey.







Suggest corrections