Victorian opposition pledges free public transport for health and aged care workers

The Victorian opposition has pledged to offer free public transport for nurses, aged care workers and allied healthcare workers for four years, if it wins the November election.

Shadow Health Minister Georgie Crozier, a former nurse, said the plan was designed to recognize the difficulties of the past few years of the pandemic.

“It’s really to recognize all of those who have worked in our healthcare system, both public and private, over the last two-and-a-half years, who have done it so hard and so tough,” she said.

Ms Crozier said the policy would be extended to nurses, allied healthcare workers, clerical staff, patient transport orders, dental assistants, midwives, aged care workers, paramedics and aged care workers.

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The policy would make public transport across Victoria free for public and private sector nurses for four years.(Reuters: Sandra Sanders)

“That will be assisting with their cost of living pressures,” she said.

“We know this is becoming a very big issue, cost of living. And this is one way that we can ease that burden.”

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