Newstart Opal card? Push to lower fares for those living on $40 a day

Sydney Morning Herald | Monday 19 August 2019

Newstart recipient Tony Iltis often walks because he finds the cost of public transport too high. Credit:Janie Barrett

Newstart recipient Tony Iltis often walks because he finds the cost of public transport too high. Credit:Janie Barrett

When he can, Tony Iltis walks to appointments with job-search providers or Centrelink, instead of catching the train or bus. The ticket price is high for someone living on $40 a day on an unemployment benefit.

"Fares are really expensive when you're on a very low income," said Mr Iltis, 52, who lives near Parramatta. "You have to choose between a train fare and getting something to eat."