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Media Release 19 Feb 99

National Sea Highway Committee

Mr Peter Brohier, chairman of the National Sea Highway Committee said today “ A commercial delegation met with Senator the Honourable Ian Macdonald, Minister responsible for the Bass Strait Equalisation Scheme. The Committee asked the Minister to review the operation of the scheme with the purpose of increasing the effectiveness of the scheme to deliver equalised sea passenger fares.

The Minister agreed to examine the Committee’s submission and commence a departmental review into the effectiveness of the Bass Strait Passenger Equalisation Scheme, (BSVPES), as it affects passenger fares.

The Committee contends that whilst Bass Strait has been recognised by the Commonwealth Government as part of the National Highway the cost of crossing Bass Strait amounts to a toll over the Victorian/Tasmanian border. No other interstate

highway faces a similar impediment.

The Committee also met with Mrs Cheryl Kemot MHR, Shadow Minister for Transport who along with her Tasmanian colleagues supported the review on the basis the review findings be made public.

Strong support was also given by Senator Harradine to the Committees objectives.

The National Sea Highway Committee will pursue the case for full passenger equalisation.

Committee Representatives in Canberra include: Peter Brohier, Chairman, National Sea Highway Committee Tony Steven, Retail Traders Association Steve Voss, Independent Tourism Operators of Tasmania Margaret Hyland, Real Estate Institute of Tasmania.

Bass Strait Sea Passenger Equalisation

The Committee membership comprises of: Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Housing Industry Association of Tasmania . Australian Hotel Association in Tasmania Tas South

Independent Tourism Operators of Tasmania Retail Traders Association of Tasmania Real Estate Institute of Tasmania Commercial Broadcasters Association.

Representing the largest commercial Committee across Tasmania.

Contacts: Mr Peter Brohier, 0418 397 789 0412 769 839 0418 314 097

0414 505 098