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Public servants to go green

By Kramer - 27 October 2009 32

The ABC reports that the ACT Greens are pushing to allow public servants to salary package bus fares and bikes in an effort to improve the proportion of public servants utilising green transport options. Maybe it’s a method of propping up our ever failing bus network, but I’m a huge fan of salary packing a new bike. I’m not sure if there will be a limit on the type or price of bikes that can be salary packaged, but I’d quite like a new downhill mountain bike (approx $5000). Then all I need is a salary packaged ute to drag the bike to the top of Stromlo for downhill shuttle runs
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Public servants to go green
eh_steve 1:32 pm 27 Oct 09

Not a bad idea, one of the challenges in the ACT is that we have more people thahn anywhere else (probably) who salary sacrifice their personal car. You have to travel a certain amount of kilometres a year to make it viable, which emans you pretty much have to drive to work. Even then, many people take a trip to wollongong for no other reason than racking up ks, so of course it’s hard to get people on the bus.

AG Canberra 1:24 pm 27 Oct 09

We proposed a few years ago that the Dept buy Action’s ten trip passes and sell them at cost to employees. It got knocked on the head due to FBT considerations. Why would any gov support this proposal when salary packaging foces you to drive large numbers of kays to make it viable.

Clown Killer 1:15 pm 27 Oct 09

I didn’t see anything in the story that said the package options would be restricted to pulblic servants with arts graduates. It would make sense to be so restrictive and exclude the majority of public servants (ie those with law, commerce or science degrees).

S4anta 1:11 pm 27 Oct 09

hax said :

So tax money would be paying for these bikes and bus tickets.. what would non-PS taxpayers get?

and the nation’s capital fleet dealers and salesmen just slit their wrists. Perhaps a Prius might actually sell for the $1800 it is actually worth.

barking toad 1:10 pm 27 Oct 09

Ahh, the hippie greenies – always such fun.

Salary package what you like – it just means giving up cash pay for taking something as a benefit in kind. The difference in the FBT rate and your marginal tax rate usually means many lose.

Package bus tickets, mung beans, bikes, lentils….whatever.

The effect on the weather is SFA. The smug factor though is huge.

CapitalK 1:04 pm 27 Oct 09

A place I worked for in London allowed employees to salary package their annual tube pass – excellent idea…..now fix the public transport

icantbelieveitsnotbu 1:02 pm 27 Oct 09

bileduct said :

More entitlements for “arts” graduates! Great news!

It won’t be long before those with real, actual jobs get the picture and realise they are scum that are no longer welcome in this country town.

Calm down princess… believe it or not, the public service contains more than just ‘arts’ graduates… and ‘comms’ graduates, law, business, science etc…

If i am correct, 48% of the ACT workforce is government, so how will the rest who have ‘real jobs’ cope without these people propping up other small business/industries?

GB 12:39 pm 27 Oct 09

bileduct said :

…those with real, actual jobs

What’s your private definition of ‘real actual job’?

How does this relate to whether someone has an arts degree?

How is public sector salary packaging worse (for you) than private sector?

What are you actually angry about?

Horrid 10:59 am 27 Oct 09

The ABC story includes the important words “instead of a car” in relation to the salary packages- so this isn’t a new or extra bonus, but a more flexible and sensible and probably cheaper way of giving people what they are already getting. Let’s hope the Feds follow suit.

bileduct 10:48 am 27 Oct 09

More entitlements for “arts” graduates! Great news!

It won’t be long before those with real, actual jobs get the picture and realise they are scum that are no longer welcome in this country town.

Danman 10:42 am 27 Oct 09

Hmm I already have a sweet ride for the flat – maybe I can go shopping with Kramer for that $5k downhill monster

lula 10:38 am 27 Oct 09

If I worked in the PS I would totally package my bus tickets. As I don’t, it might be nice to get a tax break for them…

Special G 10:32 am 27 Oct 09

Nice choice on the glory. Might get one too and then we can see if one of the girls can do transit runs for us while the other watches the kids in the playground.

Kramer 10:25 am 27 Oct 09

Better pay.

hax 10:02 am 27 Oct 09

So tax money would be paying for these bikes and bus tickets.. what would non-PS taxpayers get?

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