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Scott speaks in Parliament about public transport fares.

In less than two months—in January—Queensland will return to the bad old days of Labor when it starts to hike up public transport fares again. Everyone will remember when Labor was last in power its policy was annual 15 per cent fare hikes. At the time the transport minister, the now Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, was the one who was putting them up. Year, after year, after year Labor increased fares, seeing them rise more than 50 per cent in just three years. When the LNP came to power we kept our election promise to end Labor’s 15 per cent annual fare increases. Last year for the first time in Queensland history the LNP implemented a statewide five per cent fare cut. This year, in 2015, we also froze fares—that is, there was no increase at all. But with Labor back in power fares are about to rise again.

Hansard Thursday 12 November 2015

Mr EMERSON (Indooroopilly—LNP) (2.34 pm): In less than two months—in January—Queensland will return to the bad old days of Labor when it starts to hike up public transport fares again. Everyone will remember when Labor was last in power its policy was annual 15 per cent fare hikes. At the time the transport minister, the now Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, was the one who was putting them up. Year, after year, after year Labor increased fares, seeing them rise more than 50 per cent in just three years. When the LNP came to power we kept our election promise to end Labor’s 15 per cent annual fare increases. Last year for the first time in Queensland history the LNP implemented a statewide five per cent fare cut. This year, in 2015, we also froze fares—that is, there was no increase at all. But with Labor back in power fares are about to rise again.

The budget has fares going up by 2.5 per cent. This is almost twice the current inflation rate. Two weeks ago, latest economic data was released that showed Queensland’s inflation rate continues to be 1.5 per cent, a figure that has remained consistent since Labor came to power at the beginning of the year. So fares are budgeted go up by 2.5 per cent, but the inflation rate prior to the budget was and remains 1.5 per cent. There is some hope for Queensland’s public transport users that they will not be slugged a fare rise almost twice the inflation rate, but only if the Transport Minister, Jackie Trad, stands by her comments to the budget estimates committee. What did the Transport Minister tell the estimates committee? I quote —

Our commitment to the people of Queensland was that public transport fares would go up by CPI and they will go up by CPI.

She also told the committee:

The election promise that we made

Let me say that again —

The election promise that we made, which is that fares would go up by CPI, is exactly what we will be delivering come 1 January.

Finally, she also said:

I do want to reassure the committee that the commitment that we made at the time of the election in relation to fare increases of 1.5 per cent will be honoured on 1 January this year. It will only increase by CPI.

This is the question: will the Transport Minister keep her clear commitment to the Estimates Committee and ensure that public transport fares only go up by the inflation rate or will it go up, as the budget shows, by 2.5 per cent, almost twice the CPI rate? The Transport Minister could not have been clearer. She told the estimates committee it was an election promise. She told the committee fares would go up by just 1.5 per cent.

The Transport Minister needs to come out today and assure public transport users that fares are only going up by 1.5 per cent in January. If she does not, everyone will know that Labor has broken an election promise and has returned to the bad old days of massive fare hikes under Labor.