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Tuesday, 3 May 1994
Page: 116

(Question No. 1115)

Senator Newman asked the Minister representing the Minister for Finance, upon notice, on 2 March 1994:

  (1) What amount was debited by the Minister to his/her taxpayer-funded credit card from the election in March 1993 to 30 June 1993 and also from 1 July 1993 to 28 February 1994.

  (2) Please provide a breakdown by month and by category of expenditure, for example, meals, accommodation, flowers and gifts, for the amount referred to in (1).

Senator Cook —The Minister for Finance has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

  Mr Willis incurred, for fuel for his official vehicle, $64.01 from March 1993 to 30 June 1993 and $112.32 from 1 July 1993 to 28 February 1994. The monthly breakdown of the amounts charged to the Department of Finance account is:

  May 1993—$30.85

  June 1993—$33.16

  July 1993—$21.94

  August 1993—$21.68

  September 1993—$35.26

  January 1994—$33.44

  Mr Willis became Treasurer on 23 December 1993. Because of the delay in the issue of a new fuel card to the Minister's new Department by the oil company the cost incurred in January 1994 was against the card he held as Minister for Finance.

  Mr Beazley incurred $53.95 for fuel for his official vehicle in February 1994.