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Tuesday, 17 August 1993
Page: 149

(Question No. 303)


Senator Panizza asked the Minister representing the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, upon notice, on 26 May 1993:

  (1) What was the number of elected officials of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) in 1990-91 when the travel costs were $1,728,077.

  (2) What was the number of elected officials in ATSIC using travel in 1991-92 when it was

mated that travel costs would be $5,060,000 and what was the final expenditure on travel for elected officials in that year.

  (3) Why did the Commission's travel costs increase from $6.05 million in 1991 to $11.13 million in 1992, and what is the expected expenditure for 1993.

  (4) What is the correct number of ATSIC elected officials and what is the estimated cost of their travel for the 1992-93 financial year.


Senator Collins —The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission has provided the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs with the following response to the honourable senator's question.

  (1) The number of elected officials in 1990-91, comprising Commissioners and Regional Councillors was 808.

  (2) The number of elected officials in 1991-92 was in the order of 800. The final expenditure.on travel for ATSIC Commissioners and Regional Councillors in that year was $5.3m.

  (3) The increase in the Commission's travel costs in 1991-92 over that for 1990-91 of some $5m is attributable mainly to full year costs of meetings of the newly elected Regional Councillors elected in November 1990. Regional Council travel costs amounted to $4.3m in 1991-92 compared with $1.05m for 1990-91 (part-year cost). The Commission's travel expenditure for 1992-93 is estimated at $12.4m.

  (4) The number of elected officials as at 9 June 1993 was 786. The travel costs for Commissioners and Regional Councillors in 1992-93 is estimated at $5m.

No Regional No elected Commissioners Regional Total

Councillors ATSIC

Councillors Commissioners Total Travel Travel Total Travel

$m $m $m $m

1990-91 791 17 808 0.495 1.053 1.548 6.051

1991-92 780 17 797 1.073 4.263 5.336 11.128

1992-93 (Est) 769 17 786 1.146 3.931 5.077 12.388