When I was 12 I calculated that I would be 49 by the year 2000. It seemed so far away!
It’s now 2012, and if your are as astute with sums as I was at 12, you’ll know I am now over 60.
With this in mind, and encouraged by others, this week I applied for a NSW Government Seniors Card.
Now to get this little slice of welfare you have to be over 60 (I don’t look it!) and work less than 20 hours a week (that’s enough for me).
There are no questions about how much money you have in the bank, shares etc (I have none).
With the card (if it is approved) I can travel practically anywhere on public transport for $2.50. And probably get a discount from any number of stores such as KFC. Can’t wait.
I haven’t checked out all the magnificent thing I’ll be able to do with this card, or how much money I will be able to save. I suppose I will find out when the card arrives.
But this benefit must cost the NSW Government heaps There appears to be no means testing, with the only requirement being you’re over 60 and don’t work too much.
Anyway, I look forward to a $2.50 return trip to the pub at Brooklyn (normal price $6.80) for beers and lunch (and should I admit it, $50 in the pokies) with an old mate. And although the saving won’t go close to paying for another schooner I’ll probably feel richer.
Do you think these sort of schemes should have greater entrance requirements?