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Wednesday, 15 October 2003
Page: 21496

Mr QUICK (3:40 PM) —Mr Speaker, further to the question from the honourable member for Fowler, in order to get a subsidy it is a requirement for those who travel from a fair way away that they attend the Parliamentary Education Office. If these children are being denied the opportunity to attend the PEO, are they then going to be denied the rebate which they have factored into their costings? This needs to be looked at.

Mr Howard —No, they won't be.

The SPEAKER —Let me reassure the member for Franklin that the member for Fowler's comment was about compensation, not about the subsidies that are paid under the parliamentary visit scheme. Clearly, as both the Prime Minister and the Clerk have indicated—and as I would have expected—that is not an issue.