I’m trying to understand the proposal people should register online in order to travel by ACTION bus to this year’s ANZAC Day ceremonies.
While numbers attending the services continue to grow, last year as the anniversary of Gallipoli might have been a high water mark not to be repeated. Of course this should not be an argument to abandon the idea, however other issues are challenging.
Granted this free service has worked well to sporting fixtures but whether or not we need this level of detail for ANZAC Day is questionable.
We are told the booking line will be open until April 24 and up to ten people can be registered with no doubt those numbers individually fluctuating among Canberra’s fickle public. The registration covering both standing and sitting positions is bizarre, an over-the-top cautionary qualification so passengers don’t sue if they don’t get a seat. The limited Sunday timetable also is worrying if this proves too popular.
The excellent service already operating from the Russell Offices carpark is mentioned and as a user I hope it will not be too complicated. What interstate visitors and those who do not register will do remains a mystery – probably add to the parking chaos at the War Memorial, I guess.
Which brings me to the increased use of internet business.
For some time now commercial online traffic has been rising and doubtless received a major boost when postage rose to a dollar for a standard letter.
Purchases, payments, invoices and now bus bookings like the above – will this become the future with public transport? – join air, sea and land travel, notices of meetings and announcements.
Bad luck for the poor, the elderly and indeed anyone who doesn’t have or cannot use a computer.
Certainly there is direct debit, cheques and tottering to the post office to pay bills but such alternatives still are out of range or the capacity of some people.
Even Bpay presents a challenge to elderly fingers and poor eyesight punching in the correct numbers listening to the instructions with failing hearing and many people are uncomfortable asking others to look after their business affairs.
It’s tiresome too having to separate a small group of members who need a written meeting notice or announcement sent in a stamped addressed envelope when everyone else is serviced by an online broadcast.
Along with decreasing use of telephone landlines these computerless people will be isolated gradually, then forgotten unless our caring society can come up with a solution to aid their increasing disadvantage.