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Abolition of the Gold Travel Pass for Former Politicians (Reflecting Community Standards) Bill 2003

Part 5 Miscellaneous

   

13   Entitlement limited to travel

A person’s entitlement under this Act to domestic travel is limited to travel at the expense of the Commonwealth on the scheduled transport service or services concerned.

14   Class of travel

Travel under Part 3 of this Act may be at any class.

15   Entitlements not transferable

Except as provided in paragraph 12(2)(e), a person’s entitlement to travel under this Act cannot be transferred to, or used by, another person.

16   Use of official frequent flyer points

             (1)  If:

                     (a)  a person has accrued frequent flyer points as a result of travel at the expense of the Commonwealth; and

                     (b)  as a result of a choice by the person, any or all of those points are used to enable the person to travel on a domestic trip; and

                     (c)  if the points had not been used, the traveller would have been entitled to the trip under this Act;

the traveller is taken to have used an entitlement under this Act in relation to the trip.

             (2)  This section applies to frequent flyer points accrued after the commencement of this section.

             (3)  Any frequent flyer points accrued by a member and his or her nominee as a result of travel at the expense of the Commonwealth before retirement from the Parliament cannot be used by or on behalf of the member or nominee after the member has retired from the Parliament and the points so accrued become the property of the Commonwealth at the time of the member’s retirement.

17   Operation of Act

Parliamentary Entitlements Act

             (1)  Nothing in this Act affects the operation of the Parliamentary Entitlements Act 1990 .

Inconsistency with Remuneration Tribunal Determination

             (2)  A determination of the Remuneration Tribunal has no effect to the extent to which it is inconsistent with this Act.

Pre-commencement trips

             (3)  This Act does not affect an entitlement under a determination of the Remuneration Tribunal in relation to a trip, including a return trip, that began before the commencement of this section (even if the trip is completed after the commencement of this section).

18   Unauthorised travel—recovery of expenses

             (1)  If:

                     (a)  a person travels at the expense of the Commonwealth; and

                     (b)  the travel is purportedly authorised under:

                              (i)  this Act; or

                             (ii)  a determination of the Remuneration Tribunal made in relation to this Act; and

                     (c)  the person was not eligible to travel at the expense of the Commonwealth;

the person is liable to pay to the Commonwealth an amount equal to the amount of the expenses incurred by the Commonwealth.

             (2)  The amount may be recovered, as a debt due to the Commonwealth by the person, by action in a court of competent jurisdiction.

19   Transitional period

                   The regulations may prescribe such transitional arrangements as are necessary to apply during the period between the commencement of this section and 1 July 2004.

20   Regulations

The Governor-General may make regulations prescribing matters:

                     (a)  required or permitted by this Act to be prescribed; or

                     (b)  necessary or convenient to be prescribed for carrying out or giving effect to this Act.