Could this proposed Government initiative to give seniors more discounts be rolled out Australia-wide? 408



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Premier Mike Baird is facing the public vote in less than two weeks and is hoping to be re-elected – but could a new initiative for the senior population help his campaign even more? And should it be rolled out elsewhere in Australia?

Today The Australian reported that the NSW premier has committed $2 million to help his state’s 1.3 million seniors card holders get better deals. Many of us know that we can receive discounts of a myriad of things however we are sometimes still left out of pocket, particularly those of us on the pension.

If re-elected, Premier Baird’s first focus will be to target energy retailers to lower power and gas prices for seniors, as well as broadband deals and supermarket home delivery. The Australian also reported that Mr Baird will commit $4 million to help local councils, non-government organisations, and small businesses deliver active living and mobility projects for seniors.

At the Entertainment Centre in Sydney today, Mr Baird met with over 60s who wanted to pose in photos with the photogenic premier and discuss his policies. He revealed that his main senior’s policy is to partner with 4,900 retailers – triple the number that offer discounts now.

According to The Daily Telegraph, “We can use the huge number of card holders in the program as leverage when negotiating deals with private sector companies on behalf of our seniors,” said Mr Baird.

In Queensland, we were told today by a Starts at 60 reader that there is no government subsidy for seniors’ licences. Do you think that Premier Baird’s policy should be rolled out elsewhere in Australia?

Tell us what your thoughts are.

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  1. A while ago I rang a hairdresser who offered a discount with a seniors card. I wanted a good job and it wasn’t going to be cheep. I was quoted $130, I didn’t end up going, but found out a few weeks later that a friend of mine without a seniors card had gone and got her hair done, same thing I wanted and it only cost $99, so where was the bargain there.

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    • As a hairdresser it is impossible to “quote” over the phone. You need to see the hair to know what needs to be done. It is also not possible to compare one client to another. I would never discount on a seniors card because there is no means test to get one. I once gave a seniors discount to a lady who
      was on an income far greater than mine.

    • Seniors are the ones who have help start this country and done the hard yards and got nothing… Done it for all the younger ones to enjoy now…. They deserve recognition … Lot of us don’t have a lot of money and don’t wish to live off centerlink and just survive. The Centrelink money started and came out of the over 60 s money in the beginning.

    • Believe me, I am a real senior. They had an add for this particular hair offer, cut, colour and streaks, no big deal, and the quote was for that for long or short hair. Obviously she was only in it for the money, and my friend wasn’t happy with her hair anyway.

  2. I’ve hardly ever used my Seniors Card. Does this mean I might get another 50cents off a cup of coffee!!!!!????? The mind boggles.

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    • Don’t worry about the card, your disdain for a measly 50cents shows you have the money to afford it. So why apply for the card in the first place???????????? Or was it greed motivating you?

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