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Ayes 9

Noes 4

Mr Barr

Ms Hunter

Mr Doszpot

Mr Seselja

Ms Bresnan

Ms Le Couteur

Mrs Dunne

Ms Burch

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Hanson

Mr Corbell

Mr Stanhope

Mr Hargreaves

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Students—national concession card

MR HARGREAVES (Brindabella) (5.29): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) the National Agreement on Certain Concessions for Pensioners and Seniors Card Holders;

(b) that the ACT Government provides three travel concessions for young people, being:

(i) public transport via ACTION buses;

(ii) special needs transport; and

(iii) the Student Transport Program;

(c) that a significant number of young people from the ACT travel interstate and that ACT student concession cards are not universally recognised by interstate government and private transport systems; and

(d) that cross-jurisdictional recognition of student concession cards is a national problem affecting all young people that study; and

(2) supports the Minister for Children and Young People to bring forward an agenda item on a National Concession Card for students at a meeting of the Community and Disability Services Ministers’ Conference.

Members will be aware that this week we have been celebrating National Youth Week in the ACT. As Australia’s largest celebration of young people, National Youth Week is a fantastic opportunity for young people to showcase their talents, exchange ideas and act on issues that affect them. And the Stanhope Labor government listens to the young people of the territory. The issue that is always raised is their ability to get around, not just in Canberra but also when travelling interstate or returning home during their college or uni breaks.

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