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Tuesday, 16 October 1984
Page: 1815

(Question No. 1176)

Senator Reid asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister, upon notice, on 4 October 1984:

In respect of the Minister's Department and statutory authorities responsible to the Minister:

(a) how many motor vehicles did they own before 2 March 1983;

(b) how many motor vehicles do they now own;

(c) how many motor vehicles have they purchased since 2 March 1983;

(d) what type, size and make of motor vehicles have they purchased;

(e) what was the individual and total cost of these vehicles; and

(f) for what purpose were the vehicles purchased.

Senator Button —The Prime Minister has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(a) to (f) My Department and statutory authorities within my portfolio except the Office of the Governor-General do not own motor vehicles. Vehicles in use are hired from or through the Department of Administrative Services. I am advised that that was also the situation prior to March 1983.

In respect of the Office of the Government-General the information sought by the honourable senator is:

(a) four

(b) four

(c) one

(d) a Ford Falcon station wagon

(e) $10,162

(f) General purposes such as courier duties, carriage of baggage, stores et cetera