NSW Premier restores free school travel pass scheme

By: Chris Smith


NSW Premier, Nathan Rees announced he will restore the free school travel pass scheme. Plans for a small co-payment announced in

NSW Premier, Nathan Rees announced he will restore the free school travel pass scheme.

Plans for a small co-payment announced in the mini-budget have been scrapped.

"I've attended many school speech days in the past few weeks and parents have told me that household budgets are stretched and this payment will add to that pressure," he said.

"I've heard those concerns and I agree that it's wrong to put extra pressure on households budgets, particularly when families will be getting ready to send their children back to school.

"We always said the mini-budget was about making the tough decisions to get the state's finances back on track.

"We've made those tough decisions, but on this one we got it wrong. I will fix this.

"I've said from the start if we make a mistake we’ll front up and fix it.

"My job is to make hard decisions - but it’s also to get the balance right.

"Scrapping the co-payment will help restore that balance."

Rees said the mid-year budget review showed an improvement of $100 million over the four-year estimates period.

"This has given the Government some flexibility to make this decision."

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