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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 4 Hansard (20 April) . . Page.. 939..


Tuesday, 20 April 1999

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MR SPEAKER (Mr Cornwell) took the chair at 10.30 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

PETITION

The Clerk: The following petition has been lodged for presentation:

By Mr Osborne, from 840 residents, requesting that the Assembly reconsider the new student fare system to ensure that it is budget neutral for both students and adults, takes account of school location and student travel needs, is fair and just for all students and supports choice in schooling.

ACTION - Student Fares

The petition read as follows:

To the Speaker and Ministers of the ACT Legislative Assembly.

The petition from St. Clare's School Staff and Parents, draws attention of the Assembly to:

. the harsh and unfair financial impact of the new student bus fares which

. increases fares for most students between 33% and 167%, under the guise of being Budget neutral overall,

. take no account of school locations and student travel needs,

. are inappropriately related to adult travel patterns.

Your petitioners request the Assembly to reconsider the new student fare system to ensure it:

1) is Budget neutral for both students and adults,

2) takes account of school location and student travel needs, and

3) is fair and just, for all students and supports choice in schooling.

Petition received.


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