Se­niors’ travel card re­quest

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

OLDER Aus­tralians want Trea­surer Peter Costello to in­clude fund­ing for a coun­try­wide Se­niors Card in next year’s bud­get to al­low travel be­tween states at con­ces­sional rates.

The re­quest has been put for­ward by Na­tional Se­niors As­so­ci­a­tion in its 2007 fed­eral bud­get sub­mis­sion. The as­so­ci­a­tion is the coun­try’s largest or­gan­i­sa­tion for peo­ple aged 50 and over with 280,000 mem­bers, and fourth largest in the world.

Cur­rently, gov­ern­ment Se­niors Card hold­ers trav­el­ling out­side their home state are re­quired to pay full fare on pub­lic trans­port.

Na­tional Se­niors chief ex­ec­u­tive, Michael O’Neill, said ex­ist­ing ar­range­ments were ab­surd and even a dis­in­cen­tive to in­ter­state travel.

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