Seniors’ travel card request
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.