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Taxi Charge ACT vs NSW

By ESC - 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?]

What’s Your opinion?


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Taxi Charge ACT vs NSW
s-s-a 10:13 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.

ant 9:57 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.

Spam Box 8:05 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

ChrisinTurner 7:57 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!

Spam Box 7:43 pm 14 Oct 08

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

ESC – make sure she rings

Spam Box 7:39 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 🙂

PsydFX 7:10 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?

GregW 7:02 pm 14 Oct 08

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

PsydFX 6:49 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

PsydFX 6:48 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!

GregW 6:26 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?

Bundybear 6:24 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.

Spam Box 6:24 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

New Yeah 5:49 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.

aronde 5:45 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?

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