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Monday, 11 November 2002
Page: 6044

Senator Brown asked the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 26 September 2002:

With reference to the partial answer to question on notice no. 573 (Senate Hansard, 23 September 202, p. 4529): 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 during the low and shoulder seasons, consistent with the treatment of other vehicles that receive a rebate. The ferry operator, TT-Line, is an incorporated enterprise wholly owned by its single shareholder, the State of Tasmania, and is therefore an independent commercial interest that sets its own fees and charges. The Commonwealth has no influence over these fees and charges.

While the rebate provided by the Commonwealth is set at a flat rate of $21 for bicycles year round, TT-Line has chosen to set a higher fare of $27 for bicycles during the peak season. Therefore when the $21 rebate is applied the rider is left with a net bicycle fare of $6 for the peak season.