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Brough calls on new transport minister to fight for concessions for unemployed.



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THE HON MAL BROUGH MP

MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT SERVICES

Media Release

01704

Brough Calls On New Transport Minister To Fight For Concessions For Unemployed

Federal Employment Services Minister and Member for Longman Mal Brough today congratulated Paul Lucas on his appointment to Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister but issued the first challenge - to provide transport concessions for the unemployed.

Mr Brough said this is an opportunity for Mr Lucas to clean out the cupboard of old advice and stand up to his Cabinet colleagues and fight for these belated transport concessions.

He said Queensland is the only state in the nation that does not offer concessions for people on unemployment benefits.

"The failure to provide concessional fares for the unemployed is at odds with the Beattie Government’s commitment to jobs," Mr Brough said.

"I urge Mr Lucas to implement the recommendations of his ALP colleagues who were the majority of a Parliamentary committee that supported transport concession for the unemployed."

Mr Brough said the Howard Government provides financial assistance to job seekers on benefits travelling to job interviews and other related activities but the Queensland Government must do its fair share - as every other state does.

"The Beattie Government claimed prior to the State election that it had a $400 million budget surplus but is continuing to fail in helping those in need," Mr Brough said.

Letter to Mr Lucas attached.

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21/02/2004

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