Is technology leaving a generation of Aussies behind?
A WHOLE generation of older Australians are getting left behind in the rush to do just about everything online.
It seems unfair, short sighted and also money grubbing to make people do what they don’t want to do.
While many older Australians cope with technology just fine, others will never buy a computer and yet they still have to bank and pay bills just like the rest of us.
In the rush to automate everything we risk leaving leaving behind vulnerable citizens who may have to rely on their children and grandchildren in order to carry out basic services.
The latest slug is the price of sending a letter.
Last week it cost you 70c to send a letter that would usually take two days to deliver anywhere in Australia.
This week that has risen to $1.50 for the same service, or 50c less if you are prepared to wait for a second class delivery service.
While email and texts rule the world these days, for older Australians being able to send a letter is a lifeline.
It can be seen as nothing other that a major price gouge by Australia Post.
These unpopular measures were announced last year but are only now coming into force.
If it’s going to impact you, we’d like to hear about it. The price hike may be prohibitive but we’d love to receive any or all letters on this subject.