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Taxi Charge ACT vs NSW

By 14 October 2008 50

I would like an answer from the government about the difference between the Taxi vouchers for people with disabilities.

While NSW only get a 50% discount while ACT 75% off.

If someone from NSW wanted to work in the ACT from Queanbeyan it’s not feasible for them to travel to ACT for employment (queanbeyan- fyshwick would cost $40 a day after discount). Therefore restricting them from work and social events. 

Is this really fair? I have a friend who got a job opportunity to work in the ACT but could not afford the transport cost so she basically is waiting around looking for suitable employment for wheelchair accessible jobs in Queanbeyan. (and no she is unable to catch a bus)

How long is she going to have to wait before someone fixes up this mess?? 

[ED - perhaps someone can explain what this is all about?]

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50 Responses to Taxi Charge ACT vs NSW
#1
aronde5:45 pm, 14 Oct 08

So you are saying the ACT govt is actually paying more towards taxi travel then the NSW govt? We generally only whinge about the ACT Govt on this website so you might be out of luck trying to influence NSW Govt here?

#2
New Yeah5:49 pm, 14 Oct 08

Canberran wheelchair users might get a discount fare but it doesn’t mean that the cabbie will always give them a ride, despite being required to.

Your friend has my sympathy.

#3
Spam Box6:24 pm, 14 Oct 08

Contact the ACT Disability Aged and Carer Advocate service in Canberra(ADACAS)0262425060(best place to call even though she’s in Queanbeyan) they should be able to advocate for her to help get an agreement in place with the taxi mob or other services that help with this kind of thing. Believe me, these advocacy people can move mountains.

Good luck and make sure she makes the call, I’m sure something can be done

#4
Bundybear6:24 pm, 14 Oct 08

Just another example of the inequity brought on by too many levels of government. Different system in every state and territory, although at least each system now recognises the others, and honours interstate cards/vouchers/etc. Gotta say though, it’s a rare example of ACT “out-generousing” anybody. Perhaps a positive result of a fair bit of jumping up and down by people with disabilities in ACT a couple of years back.

#5
GregW6:26 pm, 14 Oct 08

I hadn’t realised wheelchair users received such a discount, however surely using such a large government subsidy so your ‘friend’ can travel between cities for work is exploiting its intended use.

Considered living closer to work? Does being in a wheelchair really prevent her from catching a bus?

#6
PsydFX6:48 pm, 14 Oct 08

GregW said :

I hadn’t realised wheelchair users received such a discount, however surely using such a large government subsidy so your ‘friend’ can travel between cities for work is exploiting its intended use.

That’s exactly what it’s intended for – allowing people with a disability to get around to do essential things like working.

GregW said :

Considered living closer to work? Does being in a wheelchair really prevent her from catching a bus?

You’re and idiot!

#7
PsydFX6:49 pm, 14 Oct 08

GregW said :

Considered living closer to work? Does being in a wheelchair really prevent her from catching a bus?

err, I meant:
You’re an idiot

#8
GregW7:02 pm, 14 Oct 08

I said between cities, no one doubts that it was intended to allow people with a disability to move around.

#9
PsydFX7:10 pm, 14 Oct 08

Whats the difference between travelling from Queanbeyan to Fyshwick to say, travelling from Calwell to Fyshwick – SFA! So why should they be disadvantged?

#10
Spam Box7:39 pm, 14 Oct 08

Why are you arguing?, I’m telling you as plainly as I can without actually committing to it… call 0262425060

Perhaps post back when it’s fixed up :)

#11
Spam Box7:43 pm, 14 Oct 08

Apologies to GregW and PsydFX. I got a bit mixed up there.

ESC – make sure she rings

#12
ChrisinTurner7:57 pm, 14 Oct 08

I continue to be amused by people who live in Queanbeyan because it is cheaper in every way than living in Canberra, then want all the benefits of living in Canberra, like jobs and social activities!

#13
Spam Box8:05 pm, 14 Oct 08

Presumably ChrisinTurner she would be in assisted living housing or Public housing at least. Transferring is incredibly hard even in extreme circumstances. Furthermore perhaps all of her support systems (Dr’s, friends, family etc) would be in QB. It’s much more difficult and potentially harmfully to remove her from these supports. Have some compassion or at least understanding, it certainly isn’t as easy as moving to some share-house for people in these circumstances

#14
ant9:57 pm, 14 Oct 08

ChrisinTurner said :

I continue to be amused by people who live in Queanbeyan because it is cheaper in every way than living in Canberra, then want all the benefits of living in Canberra, like jobs and social activities!

Oh ho ho! That might be true, but Qbn has ALL the chicken schnitzels. Sucko.

#15
s-s-a10:13 pm, 14 Oct 08

The ACT vouchers are only 75% for wheelchair users. Other people with disabilities who cannot use public transport (and can use regular cars) get 50%.

The ACT system was changed around 2003 and sh*ts all over the one we used to have.

This is just a symptom of letting the States and Territories run disability and divvy up their budgets however they like! A disabled person moving Queanbeyan to ACT is going to find gains and losses in different bits of the system. Australia needs a nation-wide entitlement-based system to pay for the additional costs of living that come with disability.

#16
Spam Box10:14 pm, 14 Oct 08

Quality stuff – *ant*

informative and relevant

#17
Spam Box10:18 pm, 14 Oct 08

**quote- Australia needs a nation-wide entitlement-based system to pay for the additional costs of living that come with disability -**

hear hear!

#18
Granny11:00 pm, 14 Oct 08

Ant was just having a bit of fun. One of the most quality contributors to RiotACT IMHO, and I am pretty passionate about disability issues.

: )

#19
Spam Box11:14 pm, 14 Oct 08

**a bit of fun**

Fair enough.

I’m assuming he will now recant his previous comment.

#20
Granny11:44 pm, 14 Oct 08

I really don’t think there is anything to recant.

#21
ant11:56 pm, 14 Oct 08

Don’t you love people who sail in and want to make the rules? I’m hoping he’ll start swearing and maybe his relatives and friends will come to help soon.

And I’ll never recant my claim that Queanbeyan has cornered the market on chicken schnitzels. You want one, you come over here. It’s Chicken Schnitzel town.

They should re-do their signs on the perimeter, from “fastest growing town in.. (where is it?)” to “Queanbeyan, We’ve Got All the Chicken Schnitzels”.

#22
Spam Box12:18 am, 15 Oct 08

***They should re-do their signs on the perimeter, from “fastest growing town in.. (where is it?)” to “Queanbeyan, We’ve Got All the Chicken Schnitzels”.***

Sounds like the bottom of the bottle to me fella but anyhow, good luck to you *ant*

Spam Box

#23
Granny12:28 am, 15 Oct 08

Nobody could possibly expect you to recant about the chicken schnitzels!

; )

However, Spam Box is not necessarily male, and it sounds like they have a lot of experience in the area of carers and people with a disability. If so, then it may be difficult for them to see humour in this type of thread.

#24
ant12:51 am, 15 Oct 08

Never mind. Spam Box is providing plenty of entertainment!

#25
ChrisinTurner1:48 am, 15 Oct 08

I should add that I am not suggesting that these Queanbeyan people all move to Canberra but there is probably a good argument for more uniformity in charges and services for the disabled. But where do you stop? Perhaps abolishing the state level of government is the best solution, however Queensland would never agree, because they do so well out of interstate subsidies.

#26
p18:32 am, 15 Oct 08

However, Spam Box is not necessarily male, and it sounds like they have a lot of experience in the area of carers and people with a disability.

Not very tolerant of schnitzel lovers though is (s)he?

The stupid differences between how states spend their (our?) money is always most obvious in border towns. At least ACT and NSW are in the same timezone.

#27
Spam Box8:41 am, 15 Oct 08

ChrisinTurner, good point but i think you have it around the wrong way, I can’t think of any reason that the ACT should not be absorbed by NSW. The original reasons for it’s creation are in no way relevant in modern Australia. Clearly, the nation itself would benefit by such a move saving billions of dollars with absolutely zero negatives. We could rebuild the entire health system across the country to AAA standard immediately, with absolutely no loss of anything appreciable with the funds saved by removing an outdated and completely nonsensical arrangement

#28
p18:46 am, 15 Oct 08

I can’t think of any reason that the ACT should not be absorbed by NSW

I can. So many of the services that we whinge about because they are so much worse then Sydney would seem great when the NSW gov’t put us on a level with Yass….

We could rebuild the entire health system across the country to AAA standard immediately, with absolutely no loss of anything appreciable with the funds saved by removing an outdated and completely nonsensical arrangement

I assume this refers to abolishing all state gov’ts not just the ACT? …and I think you are giving the federal government a lot of confidence that it might not be due.

#29
Spam Box8:57 am, 15 Oct 08

No I’m not referring to all state govs.(although, that argument is quite a compelling one, but incredibly difficult in reality) Simply absorbing the ACT into NSW Australia would save billions, money that could then be spent on more important things like keeping people alive and healthy, with no loss whatsoever to anybody. ACT has no more right to special status then say, Newcastle

#30
Woody Mann-Caruso9:01 am, 15 Oct 08

NEWSFLASH: State, Territory governments do things differently. NEXT: why are license plates different colours?

No point asking for 75% anyway – the driver will just take the extra 25% back as a cleaning fee when their Queanbeyan passenger chunders bourbon, homebrand cola and chiko roll all over the seats.

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