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Spirit of Tasmania fare cut to boost passenger numbers flagged

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TT-Line wants to boost passengers by 64,000 a year by 2023. © ABC News TT-Line wants to boost passengers by 64,000 a year by 2023.

Fares on state-owned Spirit of Tasmania ferries are set to be cut as part of an effort to grow the state's tourism industry.

On Monday, cabinet signed off on plans to reduce fares on the Bass Strait passenger ferries by almost 15 per cent over four years.

The Tasmanian Government hoped the plan would attract an extra 64,000 passengers a year by 2023.

Ferry operator, TT-Line, was being scrutinised by Lower House MPs on the second last day of government business enterprise hearings at State Parliament.

Greens leader Kim Booth questioned the timing of the announcement, after revelation's the profitable TasNetworks would transfer equity to Forestry Tasmania next financial year.

"It's very suspicious and clearly designed to take attention off the fact that the public will be paying $30 million to prop up forestry," he said.

A business case for cheaper trips on Spirit of Tasmania ferries will be outlined by the State Government today.

The Treasurer, Peter Gutwein, is also expected to give a budget update later today.

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