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Monday, 14 October 2002
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Senator Brown asked the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 29 August 2002:

With reference to Senator Brown's question on notice no. 573, notice of which was given on 21 August 2002, in relation to fees charged for bicycles on Bass Strait ferries: Why is a $6 charge to remain in the peak season?

Senator Ian Macdonald (Minister for Forestry and Conservation) —The Minister for Transport and Regional Services has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

A $21 year round rebate for bicycles was introduced to allow bicycles to travel for free, as do some cars, motorhomes and caravans, in TT-Line's low and shoulder season. TT-Line's normal fare for the peak season is $27. When the $21 rebate is applied the rider is left with a net bicycle fare of $6 for the peak season. This treatment is consistent with that for other vehicles.