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Tuesday, 11 April 1972
Page: 989

Senator LAUCKE (South Australia) - 1 wish to add my voice of concern in respect of the matter which has been raised by Senator Webster and Senator Poyser in regard to the provisions of transport between a member's place of residence and the airport. I live 42 miles from Adelaide - just about 16 miles beyond the perimeter of what is now called the metropolitan area. There is no public means of transport by road or rail from my home town to Adelaide. To me it is quite incongruous that whereas I have freedom to sign vouchers to travel by air anywhere in Australia in connection with my representative duties as a member of Parliament. I am denied the right to travel for 10 minutes by car from my home. It costs me more in telephone calls than it would cost to send a car the additional distance to my home. In my opinion it is one of those unreal situations. I do not seek a privilege or concession that could not be regarded as reasonable. 1 believe we are too rigidly encompassed in respect of the 30-mile radius. In my case I can drive to Adelaide and park the car there for the week, or drive down to Gawler which is 16 miles from my home and leave the car on the side of the road to be picked up later. Alternatively I can be driven down by my wife or another member of my family and on my re ruin from Canberra, often late at night, 1 will need to have a car waiting for me at Gawler as there is no other means cf conveyance back to my home town.

I have indicated the situation that applies to me and no doubt applies to other honourable senators. I am grateful to Senator Webster for having raised this matter because I believe the position is incongruous and not in accordance with a reasonable attitude to costs in providing a necessary facility for members. I heartily support the other 2 senators who have made representations tonight. I have made representations to the Minister on *.his matter, but without success. I hope that this discussion tonight will lead to a reconsideration of the whole situation with a view to removing what I regard as a major anomaly in the provisions for members of Parliament.

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