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NT seniors get free bus travel

Northern Territory seniors aged 60 and over can now travel free on public buses.

Acting Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics Eva Lawler said free public transport for seniors came into effect on 1 July.

Free travel would also apply to all Australian Senior Card holders aged 60 and over on presentation of a valid state or territory seniors card, she said.

Consultations on the revised Pensioner Concession Scheme will also start this month and National Seniors will be participating. The new scheme begins on 1 January, 2018.

Vic & NT budget wins for seniors

National Seniors Australia has welcomed the Victorian and Northern Territory Governments’ decisions to maintain concessions to tens of thousands of aged pensioners in their budgets delivered this week.

National Seniors Australia Chief Advocate Ian Henschke said the decisions would ensure many older Victorians and Territorians continued to have access to cheaper utilities, including electricity, gas and water.

The concessions for Territorians would be worth almost $44 million next financial year, and for Victorians $18 million for each of the next four years.

Submission to the Northern Territory Budget 2017-2018

National Seniors submission to the Northern Territory Budget 2017-18 outlines a number of key recommendations for consideration as part of the Budget development process. Recommendations cover areas related to concessions, housing, health, transport, elder abuse and more.

Northern Territory seniors vote

The major Northern Territory parties have responded to seniors’ election demands ahead of Saturday’s poll.

With one in three voters in the Northern Territory aged over 50, it is vital that politicians listen carefully and address the issues of concern to older people.

National Seniors asked the Greens, Labor and the Country Liberal Party where they stand on law and order, elder abuse, senior concessions, housing and mature-age employment.  

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