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Bass Strait Passenger Vehicle Scheme extended to King Island.



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M13/2001 29 January 2001

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SENATOR IAN MACDONALD SENATOR ERIC ABETZ

MINISTER FOR REGIONAL SERVICES, TERRITORIES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT LIBERAL SENATOR FOR TASMANIA

BASS STRAIT PASSENGER VEHICLE SCHEME EXTENDED TO KING ISLAND

The Federal Government’s Bass Strait Passenger Vehicle Equalisation Scheme has been extended to provide a rebate for transport of passenger vehicles between King Island and mainland Australia, the Federal Regional Services Minister, Senator Ian Macdonald, and Tasmanian Liberal Senator Eric Abetz, announced today.

“A rebate of up to $150 will be available for passenger vehicles transported by sea between King Island and Victoria where the driver travels by commercial air service on or about the same day,” Senator Abetz said.

The new rebate will be available from 1 March 2001.

“Previously, residents of King Island were disadvantaged.  Because they were unable to accompany their vehicles between the island and Victoria, they couldn’t receive the rebate,” Senator Abetz said.  “I am delighted that this anomaly has now been corrected.”

Senator Macdonald said that strong representations from Tasmanian Liberal Senators had led him to examine the problem and issue instructions to his Department to remove the anomalous situation.

Since its introduction by the Howard Government in 1996, there has been a 90 per cent increase in passenger vehicles being carried between the mainland and Tasmania.

Media Contacts:

Don Morris, Senator Macdonald's office: (02) 6277 7060 Senator Eric Abetz: (0418) 136 208 / (03) 6224 3707

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