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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Freebies were already free

Further to the announcement yesterday of free railway tickets for early morning commuters, one has to wonder how Brumby and his Boys & Girls formulate policy. The decision appears to be characterised by a lack of consultation.

  1. No consultation with Connex management
  2. Word has it that something has been given away that wasn't there to give. The magic pre-7am timeslot on the tracks carries a lot of tradies and apprentices. Few pay. The apprentices can't afford to pay. And apparently at that hour of the day, Authorised Officers are not on duty to enforce tickets and their validation. So, for practical purposes, freebies were already the order of the day.