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Monday, 22 September 2014
Page: 9950

WYATT ROY (Longman) (13:38): I take this opportunity to congratulate the Queensland state government for passing on in full the carbon tax savings when it comes to public transport. For the first time in the state's history, we will see a reduction in public transport fares. Commuters in my electorate—and I have a big commuter belt—heading to the city for work will see a five per cent reduction on their public transport fares for the first time ever.

I think it is important that we outline the difference between this side of politics and the other side of politics when it comes to public transport. When the state LNP government came to the power, the Labor government over the previous five years had increased public transport fares year in, year out by 15 per cent. The state government committed to halving those fare increases, and they delivered. For those commuting on a daily basis, every trip after their ninth trip was free. So they would get their trip home on the Friday afternoon free, and any public transport that they used across the weekend would be free. When you add up the savings from those two measures plus the five per cent reduction that we are seeing today because the federal government abolished Labor's carbon tax, commuters in my electorate—people that do a daily commute from Caboolture to the city—will save $1,000 a year. That is a huge difference between this side of politics and that side of politics when it comes to cost of living—$1,000 for a daily commuter in my electorate. I am proud to be part of the team that is delivering on cost of living relief. (Time expired)