Push on to scrap CountryLink system

THE NSW State Opposition has been forced to introduce a Parliamentary bill to abolish the CountryLink booking system introduced by the present Labor Government.

Shadow Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian introduced the bill in October 2007, but the Government forced the bill off the agenda after gagging debate on the issue three times.

“It is clear the Rees Labor Government is embarrassed about forcing pensioners to pay a booking fee when travelling on CountryLink trains, otherwise they would have supported the push to abolish it,” she said.

“By re-introducing the bill, we are sending a clear message that the tax is unfair and that it should be abolished. We won't let Labor's antics stop us from doing what is right for regional NSW.

“My colleagues and I will continue to debate the bill which seeks to abolish the unfair tax where pensioners are forced to pay either $10 or 15 per cent of the full adult fare, whichever is the highest, when using 'free' travel vouchers to book CountryLink services.

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