The Green Fields of Clover

So you’d like to package your bikes, heh? We got over 1000 votes in our last blog poll, and an overwhelming 98% of you wanted to be able to salary package your bicycle.

You’ll be pleased to hear that you’re not the only ones who feel this way.  Last week, Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore also came out in support of a tax break for bicyclists.

Reckon bikes might still be too expensive to buy?  Well Melbourne is now following Brisbane’s lead in rolling out a European style bike rental scheme.

Ok, so we can all agree that bikes are a good thing.  But what about public transport?  Should that also get a tax break? Well again, Clover Moore certainly thinks so!

What do you think?

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5 Responses to “The Green Fields of Clover”

  1. 1 I.M. Sexay November 12, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    From my observations, the public transport sector has long been a (expensive) taxpayer sponsored way of keeping unemployment down. Have you noticed the number of people who spend their days doing nothing at the train station / ferry terminal?

    I digress.
    Allowing the salary sacrifice of public transport will do (at least) three positive things:

    1. Make the cost of public transport affordable (bad enough its inefficient, let alone expensive)
    2. Encourages people to leave their gas guzzlers at home
    3. Helps support employment for the lazy and unambitious in the transport sector.

    We all win!

  2. 2 elizabeth emin November 26, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    I think travel costs to & from work should also be packaged especially for country workers where there is no public transport

  3. 3 Jeanette Randall November 27, 2009 at 9:48 am

    I would support Salary Packaging public transport costs, how would encouraging car pooling?

  4. 4 HelenLR November 27, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Totally in favour of packaging bikes and public transport (PT). I am unable to package my car as I do too few kilometres in the year due to my cycling and PT habits. Let me know where to sign up!

  5. 5 virginia sullivan December 24, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    I think the major issue is for public transport to be improved, well in Perth anyway. I live about 5 kms from where I work. Catching a bus would take forever, but I can drive there in 10 minutes. Public transport should be just that, public and should not be privatised and then profit would not be the driving force. People should be given a huge discount if they are traveling to and from work, so salary sacrifice would be perfect. The use of cars is an issue that will have to be addressed, but will probably be in the too hard basket for quite sometime yet.

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