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Monday, 11 August 2003
Page: 13140

Senator Brown asked the Special Minister of State, upon notice, on 6 June 2003:

(1) What is the average delay between the receipt of Members of Parliament travel allowance or other such claims and payment of those claims.

(2) Does payment rely on external factors such as confirmation by SYNERGI; if so, why.

(3) What is the annual travel allowance payment to Members of Parliament and staff.

Senator Abetz (Special Minister of State) —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1) On average, providing all relevant details have been completed and evidence of travel is available, ninety one per cent of travelling allowance claims are processed within five days of receipt by the Department.

(2) Yes, refer to Remuneration Tribunal Determination Number 8 of 1998, Part 2, clauses 2 to 4.

(3) The value of travelling allowance claims relating to the 2001/2002 financial year were:

Parliamentarians: $3,061,466.76

Staff $5,324,305.52

Total $8,385,772.28