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Wednesday, 21 November 1973
Page: 3672


Mr Snedden asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice:

(1)   With reference to Question No. 975 (Hansard 15 October 1973 page 2128), how many pensioners in each State, who are enrolled in the Pensioner Medical Service and are thereby eligible for the 50 per cent concession provided by the Australian Government Railways to undertake interstate travel, took advantage of the concession in 1972-73.

(2)   What was the cost of providing this concession in 1972-73.

(3)   What is the estimated annual cost of extending eligibility for this concession to all pensioners.

(4)   How many pensioners in each State and in each category, for whom the 50 per cent concession provided by the Australian National Shipping Line applies, took advantage of the concession in 1972-73.

(5)   What is the exact nature of this concession.

(6)   What was the cost of providing this concession in 1972-73 for each category of pensioner.


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

(1)   The exact number of pensioners who took advantage of the 50 per cent fare concession available over Commonwealth Railways is not known as no records are maintained as to the number of journeys each pensioner undertakes in a year.

Subject to this qualification, the total numberof pensioner-journeys may be taken as a guide. A total of 12,550 pensioner-journeys were made over Commonwealth Railways at concession rates during 1972- 73. Tickets issued indicate that these journeys originated as follows:

 

The above figures should not be taken as an accurate record as to the number of pensioners from each State availing themselves of the concession available over Commonwealth Railways. The South Australian and Western Australian figures are inflated by the large number of pensioners from other States who preferred to finalise their booking for travel over Commonwealth Railways upon their arrival in Adelaide and Perth.

(2)   The cost of providing this concession in 1972-73 was $120,069.00.

(3)   It is not possible to estimate the annual cost of extending the eligibility for this concession to all pensioners as this would depend on the frequency with which pensioners would use the concession during the year.

(4)   From 14 November 1972, the date of inception of the pensioner concession scheme, until 30 September 1973, 2,843 pensioners took advantage of the

SO per cent reduction provided by the Austraiian National Line.

Records concerning categories and States of origin of pensioners granted the concession are not kept by the Line.

(5)   All T.P.I.'s, blind soldiers, limbless soldiers, blind civilians and their escorts are eligible for the 50 per cent concession on ANL passenger vessel fares.

All persons who are entitled to receive the benefits of the Pensioners Medical Service can obtain a similar concession on production of a Commonwealth Medical Entitlement card (PMS2) at the time of booking. >(6) The total cost of providing the concession in the period from 14 November 1972 until 30 September 1973 was $45,364.







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