The Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance (ATA), a 75,000+ member grassroots advocacy group representing Australia’s taxpayers, today expressed disappointment at the NSW Government’s scheme to grant asylum seekers gold Opal cards to ride trains, buses and ferries across Sydney for next to nothing.
Taxpayers in NSW are being forced to hand over more than $4 million a year to fund the government’s scheme. The gold Opal card, normally reserved for seniors and aged pensioners, allows asylum seekers to enjoy unlimited travel for just $2.50 a day while the average taxpayer must spend over $15 a day before getting the same treatment.
The scheme is a slap in the face for hardworking taxpayers shelling out full fares to go to work on increasingly crowded buses and trains while individuals with no legal status in Australia are entitled to subsidised fares for the same trip.
Our Policy Director, Satya Marar, said that this “creates incentives not to come here in an orderly legal way.”