Did you know if you’re looking for work and receiving the government’s Newstart Allowance your concession card doesn’t qualify you for a discount for MyMulti and Weekly tickets with Transport for NSW?
For someone buying a MyMulti DayPass that’s a difference of more than $10. We think that’s pretty unfair considering Newstart recipients can be getting as little as $250 per week.
That’s why the Greens are calling on the NSW Government to extend MyMulti and Weekly transport concessions to people on unemployment benefits. We think that’s the least they can do.
These concessions make a big difference if you’re literally counting every penny. The result is that some people just can’t get to job interviews while a few are driven to fare evasion, risking hefty fines.
Access to affordable transport is a basic right. In our wealthy society we shouldn’t be putting unnecessary barriers in front of people who are looking for work, especially considering once employed they’ll be paying taxes and taking pressure off public services.