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STATEMENT FOR PRESS,

THE MINISTER FOR THE

CAPITAL TERRITORY

The Minister for the Capital Territory, Mr Tony Staley .commented today ยท

on criticism of his having set taxi fares without taking community advice.

He said his responsibilities under the legislation were quite clear.

The fares.had last been increased in October 1975, based on the May 1975

costs. ,

Some adjustments had been made in November 1975 when multiple hiring

and after-hours rates' were introduced.. '' . '

Mr Staley said the taxi- industry had supplied a well documented case on a

confidential basis for the present increases.

These had been checked and amplified as necessary before the new rates

were approved.

In deciding.to give approval, he had taken into account the effects

of the fare increases on usage while ensuring that those engaged

in the industry did not have their incomes significantly eroded.

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