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Total 2006-07 unleaded petrol expenditure for the 6,000 vehicles of the Defence Department, $6.256 million; and no attempt to save, with LPG

Posted by gasweek on 17 September, 2007

The Minister for Defence Dr Nelson told the Federal House of Representatives, 11 September 2007 fuel usage for all commercial vehicles used by the department – with fuel usage for operating military assets excluded – extracted from Defence’s ROMAN financial system, was ; • for 2004-05, $5.797 million;

• 2005-06, $7.136 million; and

• 2006-07, $6.256 million.

No LPG use: The department currently owns some 6,000 vehicles under its Commercial Vehicles Program. This includes cars (sedans and station wagons), light commercial utility vehicles, four wheel drive vehicles and small to medium passenger vehicles, buses, touring coaches and trailers. None of these vehicles run on LPG. As at the 30 April 2007 the department was leasing 163 vehicles under the Executive Vehicle Scheme. None of these vehicles run on LPG. There was no specific requirement for Defence to operate vehicles running on LPG.

• For each financial year from 1 July 2004, what sum has the Minister’s department spent on fuel;

• How many cars does the department currently own or lease and how many of those cars run on LPG.l

• Does the department plan to purchase any cars that run on LPG or to convert cars running on petrol to LPG.

Reference: Answers to questions provided December 2006, by Kelvin Thomson, Member for Wills, Australian Labor Party, House of Representatives, Commonwealth; to Dr Brendan Nelson, Minister for Defence, Member for Bradfield, Liberal Party of Australia, House of Representatives, Commonwealth, 11 September 2007

Erisk Net, 11/9/2007

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