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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 1 Hansard (20 February) . . Page.. 387 ..

Senior card holders-reciprocal transport concessions (Question No 373)

Mr Cornwell asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 18 February 2003:

In relation to a letter from you of 1 October 2002, concerning reciprocal transport concessions for ACT Senior Card holders:

Have there been any further developments in ACT participation since your letter;

Have any other States, apart from Tasmania, now joined the scheme;

Is there any indication of when the scheme could be introduced nationally.

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member's questions is as follows:

On 20 September 2002, senior officials from all States and Territories met with Commonwealth officials to discuss the Federal Government's election promise to fund a national transport reciprocity regime. At the meeting, the Commonwealth officials indicated they would be undertaking bilateral discussions with States and Territories to resolve individual outstanding issues. Notwithstanding requests from each of the States and Territories, the Commonwealth has yet to commence these bilateral discussions.

No State or Territory (including Tasmania) has yet to join the scheme. It is understood that the Tasmanian Minister for Transport wrote to Minister Vanstone late last year accepting the offer made to Tasmania, but with specific terms and conditions. Tasmanian officials advise that they have not yet received a reply from Minister Vanstone.

The ACT will continue to lobby the Commonwealth Government to fulfil its election promise to fund a national transport reciprocity regime.

Australian International Hotel School (Question No 375)

Mr Cornwell asked the Treasurer, upon notice:

In relation to the report in the Canberra Times of 16 January 2003 that you have set up a working group of "senior department staff, the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) and the Australian International Hotel School (AIHS), to examine a new collaborative working arrangement with CIT":

(1) Who are the members of the working group by name;

(2) When will the working group report;

(3) Why have you announced continuation of the AIHS before the working group has reported;

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