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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 658 asked in the Legislative Council on 10 October 2017 by Hon Dr Steve Thomas

Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on 10 October 2017

      658. Hon Dr STEVE THOMAS to the minister representing the Treasurer:
I refer to page 225 of 2017–18 budget paper No 3. The fifth line item under the heading ''Royalties for Regions Expenditure'' refers to the volunteer fuel card, which shows total expenditure of $4 million for regional volunteers for this financial year and the three forward estimate years. I also refer to page 327 of budget paper No 2, volume 1, which shows the same provision for metropolitan volunteers under the Fire and Emergency Services portfolio of $3.724 million over the same four years.
      (1) Given that regional volunteer fuel card funding has been cut from the $3.2 million estimated actual cost in 2016–17 to a capped $1 million per annum, has the amount provided to each brigade, group or unit also been reduced from the current $2 000; and, if so, to what level?
      (2) Has the value of the card issued to each metropolitan brigade, group or unit been retained at $2 000; and, if not, what is the reduction?
      (3) Under the 2017–18 state budget, is there a difference between the value that can be claimed by a metropolitan unit versus a regional unit?
      (4) If yes to (4), what is that difference, and given that regional volunteers have to travel significantly further for training and to attend incidents, how is this justified by the government?
      I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.
      (1)–(4) The value of the volunteer fuel card for both regional and metropolitan brigades, groups and units is currently under consideration by government.