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Attendance rates up in the Senate

Senators and MPs alike improved their attendance rates at the Senate in the last budget year, but showed no improvement when it came to the House of Assembly.

Figures in the Budget statement issued by Premier Paula Cox showed Government Senators had a 98 percent average attendance rate compared to 94 percent last year.

Opposition Senators turned up to an average 93 percent of meetings of the Upper House, an improvement on the 87 percent last year.

When it came to proceedings in the House of Assembly, Government MPs turned up to an average 91 percent of meetings, the same as the year before.

Opposition MPs recorded a 94 percent attendance rate compared to 98 percent the year before.

There was a significant decrease in the number of visitors who took tours of the House of Assembly, which is the oldest Parliament in the Western Hemisphere.

A total of 544 visitors, 52 tour groups and 378 students looked around the venue last year, compared to 630 tourists, 71 tour groups and 425 students the year before.

However, more Parliamentary staff took up training and development opportunities; 95 percent of them compared to 83 percent the year before.

Other figures showed a 95 percent increase is listed for personnel costs relating to the Legislature in the 2012/13 fiscal year. An amount of $121,000 has been budgeted in comparison to the $62,000 for the current year.

The training budget is set to rise 75 percent from $8,000 to $14,000. However the communications and advertising budgets have been slashed by 35 percent and 33 percent respectively.

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Published February 25, 2012 at 7:19 am (Updated February 25, 2012 at 7:19 am)

Attendance rates up in the Senate

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