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Once again, the Labour Party is trying to score cheap political points by scaremongering amongst the elderly.

The Labour Party, without resorting to any fact-based reasoning, claims the Government is about to cut SuperGold transport benefits.

We are looking to address particular areas including a reduction in subsidy levels for transport operators, and reducing the administration costs associated with the scheme.

These possible moves will not affect the gold card entitlements that superannuitants receive.  As Transport Minister Steven Joyce said, questions have to be asked as to whether we should be paying $2 million to the Waiheke Island Ferry for services they would be providing anyway.

It would be fiscally irresponsible not to test whether current subsidies provided to operators are greater than what is required for current concessions.

But it does not mean that gold card entitlements will be cut.

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