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ACTION subsidy blows out to $101 million

By johnboy - 6 June 2012 34

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The Liberals’ Alistair Coe is very excited by the ever increasing subsidy to run our not very good bus service.

According to yesterday’s ACT Budget, Katy Gallagher is failing to control spending at ACTION, with the taxpayer-funded subsidy blowing out to $101 million in 2011-12.

ACT Shadow Transport Services Minister Alistair Coe said this means every household is now forking out $691 for ACTION every year, whether they catch the bus or not.

“ACT Labor is incapable of spending money wisely, with the ACTION subsidy being just one example,” Mr Coe said today.

“Every household is slugged $691 every year for this ineffectively managed bus service, whether they use it or not.

“ACT Labor’s charging Canberrans more at a time when they’re receiving less, with ticket sales dropping to just $21 million.

For those without family-centric budgeting minds That’s $282 per person.

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ACTION subsidy blows out to $101 million
Thumper 8:37 am 07 Jun 12

Antagonist said :

bikhet said :

Regardless, if the taxpayer is forking out $101M and ticket sales are $21M, it would seem there are two reasonable courses of action: make the buses free, or get rid of them. The current approach obviously isn’t working.

+1

+2

Make it free and patronage will surely rise, thus helping to remove cars from the roads and lessening congestion and wear.

Apart from that we get the added bonus of less emissions.

Win/ win one could say.

blub 11:51 pm 06 Jun 12

I’d like to know when Coe last caught the bus.
I reckon all our MLA should catch the bus during peak hour and then tell us if they really think the service is crap.

If you catch the bus on a regular basis you actually know it’s alright. Sure, sometimes it’ll drive you nuts when your bus is five minutes late, but most of the time it’s not too bad (and more often than not the worst part is the smell of another passenger or listening to someone’s music blaring out their earphones), rather than something ACTION has any control over.

damien haas 9:17 pm 06 Jun 12

I believe the ‘blowout’ was 19 million dollars. The rest was funding allocated from the 2011/12 budget.

It still isnt good.

Id like to see the figures on ticket revenue. Myway was supposed to ensure all those journeys that ran ‘free’ as the ticket machine was broken, didnt occur.

Antagonist 9:07 pm 06 Jun 12

bikhet said :

Regardless, if the taxpayer is forking out $101M and ticket sales are $21M, it would seem there are two reasonable courses of action: make the buses free, or get rid of them. The current approach obviously isn’t working.

+1

gooterz 7:25 pm 06 Jun 12

gazket said :

If ticket sales provide $21million and the rest $101 million subsidised by taxpayers the Action buses should be free, why are we buying tickets.

How much money was wasted on the new ticketing machines and my or the highway slogan. Was that included.

Having free buses would make many people angry as they would just think that the government is ripping off car drivers. Yet if buses were free the lack of any hastle to catch one would mean that people could just make use of them without having to worry about the cost.

Too much thinking outside the box for anyone.
My way tickets could then be used for parking 😛

Mr Evil 5:22 pm 06 Jun 12

And the alternative option under Alistair would be???? Oh, that’s right, you don’t have one!

Alistair-the-younger, remove that hot crumpet from between your buttcheeks for a few moments, and have a good long hard think as to why the Liberals will not win an ACT election – no matter how useless, corrupt, dishonest and incompetent the current Labor morons are. Do you think it might have something to do with the fact that while you are all very good at highlighting their faults and weaknesses, you never ever seem to be able to convince the voters that you may actually be able to do things better than the current numpties????

bikhet 5:02 pm 06 Jun 12

CrocodileGandhi said :

I really dislike seeing politicians claiming that X service costs each household Y dollars. That would only be true if all of the money that the govt spends were to come from personal taxes. The actual amount that each household or individual pays toward ACTION would be significantly lower, though perhaps still alarmingly high.

And where else does the money the Government spends come from? Fees, charges, duties, rates, levies – they are all taxes when it comes down to it. Even taxes on companies are, indirectly, personal taxes.

Regardless, if the taxpayer is forking out $101M and ticket sales are $21M, it would seem there are two reasonable courses of action: make the buses free, or get rid of them. The current approach obviously isn’t working.

CrocodileGandhi 4:56 pm 06 Jun 12

davo101 said :

From the bit of the press release you cut off:

Canberrans should not be paying through the roof for a service which very few actually use because ACT Labor can’t manage the Budget

Yes, that’s why I don’t catch buses…because Labor can’t manage the budget. Seriously guys hire a editor to go over your stuff before you send it out.

Yet more pointless carping. So what’s the Liberal’s solution? Close down, privatise, remove the subsidy, or buy our buses second hand from Pakistan and use guest workers from the Philippines to drive them?

There’s a bloke in Gungahlin who could probably get a few workers in to drive our buses.

shirty_bear 4:53 pm 06 Jun 12

Mysteryman said :

“ACT Labor is incapable of spending money wisely”

He’s got that much right, at least.

As a pinko leftie from way back, it pains me to realise that this is true of ACT and Federal Labor both.

$100M operating costs on top of $21M total ticket sales … so each bus ride actually costs ~6 times the ticket cost, or 20-odd bucks, to provide.
Surely the gubbmint should just be handing out Cabcharges?

G-Fresh 4:36 pm 06 Jun 12

Public buses are a public service and are never likely to be self sustaining.

gazket 4:35 pm 06 Jun 12

If ticket sales provide $21million and the rest $101 million subsidised by taxpayers the Action buses should be free, why are we buying tickets. How much money was wasted on the new ticketing machines and my or the highway slogan. Was that included.

p1 4:35 pm 06 Jun 12

Mysteryman said :

“ACT Labor is incapable of spending money wisely”

If he had said “the ACT Government” is incapable of spending money wisely, the quote would have been timeless.

davo101 4:32 pm 06 Jun 12

From the bit of the press release you cut off:

Canberrans should not be paying through the roof for a service which very few actually use because ACT Labor can’t manage the Budget

Yes, that’s why I don’t catch buses…because Labor can’t manage the budget. Seriously guys hire a editor to go over your stuff before you send it out.

Yet more pointless carping. So what’s the Liberal’s solution? Close down, privatise, remove the subsidy, or buy our buses second hand from Pakistan and use guest workers from the Philippines to drive them?

Mysteryman 4:13 pm 06 Jun 12

“ACT Labor is incapable of spending money wisely”

He’s got that much right, at least.

CrocodileGandhi 3:50 pm 06 Jun 12

I really dislike seeing politicians claiming that X service costs each household Y dollars. That would only be true if all of the money that the govt spends were to come from personal taxes. The actual amount that each household or individual pays toward ACTION would be significantly lower, though perhaps still alarmingly high.

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