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Tuesday, 10 March 2009
Page: 1209


Senator Minchin asked the Special Minister of State, upon notice, on 27 November 2008:

With reference to the private-plated Toyota Prius vehicle provided by entitlement to the Prime Minister:

(1)   As of 27 November 2008, what was the odometer reading for the vehicle.

(2)   As of 27 November 2008: (a) what was the most recent odometer reading in the department’s records for the vehicle; and (b) what was the date of that odometer reading.

(3)   On 1 January 2008: (a) what was the most recent odometer reading in the department’s records for the vehicle; and (b) what was the date of that odometer reading.

(4)   Is the vehicle home-based by department criteria in Canberra or Brisbane.

(5)   On 27 November 2008, was the vehicle physically located in Canberra or Brisbane.


Senator Faulkner (Special Minister of State and Cabinet Secretary) —The answer to the honourable senator’s question is as follows:

The Prime Minister does not have a private-plated vehicle (PPV) provided by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. The Prime Minister does have a PPV provided under entitlement by the Department of Finance and Deregulation.

All Senators and Members are entitled to use a private-plated, Commonwealth-leased vehicle for Parliamentary, electorate or official business, family travel and private purposes but not for commercial purposes. A Senator or Member may seek approval for the lease of a non-standard vehicle for reasons related to operational need, occupational health and safety or environmental concerns.

Senators and Members are able to nominate other drivers for their PPVs, by ensuring that the appropriate form is lodged with Ministerial and Parliamentary Services. It is the Senator’s or Member’s responsibility to ensure that persons nominated to drive the vehicle have an appropriate licence and do not use the vehicle for commercial purposes.

(1)   There is no information available for the vehicle on 27 November 2008. The most recent information is from 19 November 2008, showing an odometer reading of 8,844 km.

(2)  

(a)   8,844 km.

(b)   19 November 2008.

(3)  

(a)   631 km.

(b)   16 September 2007.

(4)   There are no departmental criteria regarding the home-base of a PPV.

(5)   Canberra (the Prime Minister’s nominated Home Base).