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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 7 Hansard (26 June) . . Page.. 2583..


Mr Cornwell

: Very well. I shall be happy to follow your advice, Mr Speaker. Thank you.

Papers

Mr Wood presented the following papers:

Legislation Act, pursuant to section 64-

Housing Assistance Act, pursuant to section 12-Rental Bonds Housing Assistance Program 2003 (No 1)-Disallowable Instrument DI2003-153, together with an explanatory statement.

Cultural Facilities Corporation Act, pursuant to section 29 (3)-Cultural Facilities Corporation-Quarterly Report (for the third Quarter 2002/2003: 1 January-31 March 2003).

ACT taxi subsidy scheme

Paper and ministerial statement

MR WOOD

(Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, Minister for Urban Services, Minister for the Arts and Heritage and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (3.46): Mr Speaker, I ask for leave of the Assembly to make a ministerial statement concerning the taxi subsidy scheme.

Leave granted.

MR WOOD

: I present the following paper:

Introduction of the revised ACT Taxi Subsidy Scheme-Ministerial statement, 26 June 2003.

I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

Today it is my pleasure to announce significant enhancements to the ACT taxi subsidy scheme for people with a disability. The changes I will outline today will both increase the subsidies available to eligible people with a disability and ensure that they are targeted at those with the most need. I am confident that the revisions will be appreciated by people with a disability and the individuals and organisations that support them.

The taxi subsidy scheme provides subsidised taxi travel to people with a severe disability who are unable, because of their disability, to use the public transport system. The scheme, which commenced in 1986, is a lifeline for many people in the community. It provides the opportunity for people with a disability to undertake essential activities that most of us take for granted, such as attending medical appointments, undertaking social activities and visiting family.


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