THE LNP says it will spend $114 million on a suite of reforms to help seniors better manage the rising cost of living if elected on November 25.
LNP Leader Tim Nicholls on Sunday vowed to save seniors around $720 a year by halving the cost of their driver’s licence and providing free off-peak bus and rail travel for senior go card holders.
Currently, Queensland Seniors Card holders are not eligible for any concessions on driver’s licence fees.
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The LNP’s proposed discount would see driver’s licence fees range from $36 to $82 for seniors, as opposed to the current fees which could cost up to $165.
Under the plan, seniors will also be able to use bus, train and tram services for free between the hours of 8.30am-3.30pm and 7pm-6am on weekdays, and all day every Saturday, Sunday and statewide public holiday.
“This will mean that many of the 20 million public transport trips seniors make each year will be free,” LNP Shadow Seniors Minister Ros Bates said.
“Under our plan, seniors could save around $720 in public transport costs a year which will go a long way to easing cost of living pressures that have skyrocketed under Annastacia Palaszczuk.”
Ms Bates said the LNP understood increases in the cost of living made it hard for Queenslanders to make ends meet, especially those on fixed incomes such as seniors and aged pensioners.
The Shadow Seniors Minister accused Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk of using Queenslander’s as “cash cows”.
“In recent years the cost of public transport has risen dramatically,” Ms Bates said.
“When Annastacia Palaszczuk was Transport Minister in the Bligh Labor Government, bus and train fares went up 15 per cent year after year to a total of 45 per cent.
“The LNP team has been listening and understands something must be done and we will act on reducing the cost of living pressure for Queenslanders.”