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Old 06-05-2003, 05:07   #1 (permalink)
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Ban on Pollies and Sports Cars

I watched 7 news tonight and here in Victoria and Bracksy and the finance minister have banned pollies from having taxpayer funded sports cars.

Items on the banned list:
5 Spoke Alloy Wheels
Spoilers.

Cars that are not allowed:
Falcon XR6
Commodore S
Camry Sportivo
Magna Sports/VRX

30 of the 120 Pollies with taxpayer funded cars drive cars on the banned list above.

However they have been informed that the are allowed either a Ford Fairmont or Holden Berlina.

Now this has been presented to the public as reducing a waste of taxpayer monies however:

XR6 N/A Auto $39455
Fairmont 182 $42450 Both new pricing inc June 1 price rise

and
Commodore S $38160
Berlina $41290 (From holden web site)

So, the 30 of the 120 that drive these expensive "sports" models are actually saving taxpayer money by driving the sports models rather than the more expensive luxury models.
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Old 06-05-2003, 05:11   #2 (permalink)
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Well for a start I am sure they buy the cars ex all tax for a start, so maybe the Fairmont are cheaper in that respect.

The parts for the Fairmont and fuel comsumption I am sure would be cheaper over the life of the car as well.

Tell me I am wrong if I am, just my thoughts.

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Old 06-05-2003, 05:19   #3 (permalink)
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I'm not sure about parts being cheaper, the XR is a "low series" vehicle and the Fairmont "high series"

The engine is exactly the same, mechanical parts wise they're almost identical.

Ford gives the same fuel consumption figures for all the Barra 182 engines. However the XT/Futura/Fairmont have a 3.23 Diff and the XR6 and Fairmont Ghia have a 3.45 diff
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Old 06-05-2003, 05:35   #4 (permalink)
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Give them sports cars..
Then they can get pinned by speed cameras while paying tolls on Citylink , lose their licence , and then suffer the indignity waiting on the station platform for one of those ace Victorian public transport trains that are always late , which will all soon disappear due to poor management and no funds.
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Old 06-06-2003, 07:16   #5 (permalink)
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The way I see it, they shouldn't be getting cars. Give them a car allowance, let them figure the rest out.

Argh, I can feel another extreme right rant coming on again.
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Old 06-07-2003, 07:13   #6 (permalink)
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Shouldnt they be driving cars with LPG, if the government is so concerned about saving the environment?

I agree with Psycho Chicken, give them an allowance, let them get their own car.


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who would ever have thought a camry would be considered sporty....what is the world coming to?
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