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Monday, 15 October 1973
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Mr Snedden asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice:

Did he at any time give an undertaking or commitment of any kind to the British Minister for Defence, Lord Carrington, to the effect that Australia would maintain its forces in Singapore under the Five Power Arrangements.


Mr Barnard - I gave no undertaking or commitment of any kind to Lord Carrington that was inconsistent with the Government's announcement on 4 July concerning Australian forces in Singapore or with the Australian Labor Party's policy speech, which was made before Lord Carrington's visit.

Pensioners: Travel Concessions (Question No. 975)


Mr Snedden asked the Minister for Social

Security, upon notice:

(1)   What travel concessions does the Government provide to pensioners to undertake interstate trips.

(2)   Is he able to provide details of travel concessions given to pensioners by each State Government.


Mr Hayden - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   As far as Australian Government Railways, for which the Minister for Transport is responsible, are concerned, a SO per cent concession on the travel component of the rail fare is available to all eligible pensioners enrolled in the Pensioner Medical Service, regardless of their State of residence, for both local and interstate journeys. This concession is available when a sleeping berth is used but the full cost of the berth and other ancillary charges must be paid; the concession is restricted to the travel component of the rail fare and does not cover ancillary charges.

The Australian Government does not provide any concession for either interstate air or road transport journeys. However, the. Australian National Shipping Line provides a SO per cent concession to the following: T. and P.I. pensioners; Limbless Soldiers (and wives); Blind pensioners plus attendant; Blind civilians plus attendant and all Age, Invalid and Widow pensioners.

(2)   Based on information available to my Department, the position in relation to travel concessions given to pensioners by each State Government is sei out hereunder. Any further details should be sought from the State Departments concerned.

New South Wales

Concession Fare Passes are issued to all pensioners enrolled in the Pensioner Medical Service who permanently reside in New South Wales. The pass entitles them to reduced fares on New South Wales Government trains, buses and ferries.

Concessions also include intra-state travel, and interstate travel between Sydney and Melbourne and Sydney and Brisbane.

Victoria

On production of their travel concession cards, pensioners (who qualify for Commonwealth fringe benefits) and dependent wives and children may travel at reduced fares on trains and Tramway Board trams and buses. Reduced rates on certain interstate train travel are also available.

Pensioners may apply in writing to the Hospital Travel Section, Health Department, for free rail, bus or tram travel to attend a Public Hospital, the Dental Hospital, or the College of Optometry.

Queensland

A person who holds a Pensioner Medical Service Entitlement Card may be issued with a Pensioner's Concession Rail Fare Permit by the Commissioner for Railways. The permit entitles the pensioner to the following concessions:

(a)   For journeys between suburban stations: single or return tickets at half the normal fare.

(b)   Between other stations within Queensland: single tickets at half ordinary single fare.

(c)   Free platform tickets.

Pensioners may use these concessions as frequently as they wish.

The concessions do not apply to sleeping berth tickets, seat tickets, surcharge tickets or to any portion of a trip made other than by rail.

Subject to certain qualifications and exceptions, pensioners who are bona fide residents of Queensland may be eligible for a free return rail journey between any two stations in Queensland. This privilege ls available only once in each calendar year and is restricted solely to the Queensland Government Railways system.

South Australia

Pensioners (who qualify for Commonwealth fringe benefits) may obtain concession authority cards which entitle them to reduced fares when travelling interstate on Commonwealth Railways, i.e. from Port Pirie, South Australia, to Alice Springs and Perth.

Pensioners holding concession authority, cards may travel between Adelaide and Melbourne at half fare provided they travel in sitting cars.

Pensioners holding concession authority cards are entitled to travel at half fare on trains travelling within the State.

Western Australia

Social Security pensioners who qualify for Pensioner Medical Service, and who live permanently in Western Australia (and recipients of Department of Community Welfare relief) are issued with a free travel concession fare certificate which entitles them to:

Free travel on metropolitan rail services and almost all regular bus and ferry services operated by the Metropolitan (Perth) Passenger Transport Trust.

Half fare travel on country rail services and special services operated by the Metropolitan (Perth) Passenger Transport Trust to race meetings, sporting fixtures, special events such as Royal Show and ferry excursion cruises.

Special concessions are available to blind pensioners.

Tasmania

The Metropolitan Transport Trust offers a con- cession in the areas where it operates: Hobart, Launceston and Burnie, to eligible pensioners who are issued with a Transport Concession card for travel at concession rates.

The Transport Commission provides a concession of approximately SO per cent on rail travel within the State to all age, invalid and widow pensioners.







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