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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4558


Mr Webb asked the Minister for Social Services, upon notice:

(1)   Can he say what transport concessions arc available lo pensioners in each State.

(2)   Can he ako say whether transport concessions are available lo pensioners travelling interstate.

(3)   II interstate concessions are not available, will he arrange for a concession to be made available to pensioners travelling on the Commonwealth Railways.


Mr Wentworth - The answer to the honourable members question is as follows:

The granting of these concessions is not within my administration. However, 1 am advised that transport concessions as listed hereunder are, where not otherwise staled, available to age, invalid and widow pensioners who would be entitled to pension under the means test operating prior to 27th September 1969.

(1)

New South Wales - half fare on trains, Government buses and ferries, and concessional fares on some privately operated bus services.

Victoria - half fare on Government buses and trams and approximately half fare on trains.

Queensland - half fare between any 2 stations and a free return train journey once a year between any 2 stations in the State. Half fares apply to maximum rate pensioners who are residents of Brisbane for travel on council buses in the Brisbane City area. Pensioners may travel at half fare on Council buses in the Rockhampton district.

South Australia - fares approximating child rates apply to travel on trains, trams and Government buses and on authorised privately operated bus services.

Western Australia - free train and bus travel in the metropolitan area and free transport on ferries; train journeys in country areas at half fare. Travel on private buses, in Albany, Kalgoorlie and Northam is free to eligible pensioners.

Tasmania - pensioners may travel on trains between Hobart and Montrose for 7c or Brighton for 13c; half fares apply for other journeys. A flat-rate of 4c per journey is payable on Government buses. Concessions also apply on certain privately operated bus services.

Commonwealth Railways - half fare concessions available on intra-state journeys. (2) Half fare concessions are available to eligible pensioners travelling by train between Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Similar concessions are available from the Commonwealth Railways for travel between Perth, Port Pirie and Alice Springs. It is understood that concessional fares for interstate travel are not available in respect of sleeping berths. Eligible pensioners may travel between Tasmania and the mainland on Australian National Line ships at concessional rates. Interstate concessions are generally available only at certain times of the year. Certain private bus companies also offer concessional fares to pensioners for interstate travel. (3) See answer (2) above.







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