Govt. bought Dame Jennifer's car for $1 Works Minister tells House
It cost Government $1 to purchase former Premier Dame Jennifer Smith's car for the Govenment fleet, it was revealed yesterday.
The Education Minister's Peugot 206 was repainted dark blue and given a GP license plate when she returned to Cabinet last month. Although buying the car for official use was said to be a cost-saving measure, the move was still criticised with Opposition Senator Michael Dunkley who said the transfer “made no sense”.
Works Minister Derrick Burgess yesterday responded to written parliamentary questions from Shadow Works Minister Patricia Gordon-Pamplin in the House of Assembly on the full cost of the deal. Mr Burgess said: “Dame Jennifer graciously agreed to accept a nominal payment of $1 for her vehicle upon it becoming part of the Government fleet.”
Dame Jennifer has previously said she kept her old car because she feels comfortable driving with a stick shift and wanted to avoid wasting taxpayers' cash.