The Australian | 30 October 2012
NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell has announced the extension of public transport concessions to international students during a visit to India, leaving Victoria as the only state that doesn’t provide such concessions.
It also addresses a major grievance of international students, who consider concessions an equity as well as a cost issue.
However, the concession comes with strings attached: unlike local students who receive 50 % off any ticket they buy, the concessions will apply only to 90-day and annual “MyMulti” tickets for services operating in Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong.
The Council of International Students Australia national president Aleem Nizari says NSW’s and Victoria’s refusal to offer concessions had made them feel unwanted.
It’s a big change for us having some kind of concession at least. But whether or not students are actually going to use MyMulti passes, that’s the question.
The Victorian government said it had been given advance notice of NSW’s intention and was “studying” it. A government spokesman said concessions would require more money “for what’s already a highly subsidised mass transport system”.
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