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Pensioners: Money or the set top box?

Posted by: 2UE | 9 May, 2011 - 8:29 AM
$300 million for set top boxes proposed for pensioners?

The proposal to make available $300 million to give pensioners digital set top boxes has Jason Morrison scratching his head. Is it  a priority for pensioners? Should pensioners be given the choice to take cash?

 



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  • When are pensioners in the Maitland NSW area going to get their free set top boxes from the Australian government?

    david abott Saturday 14 May, 2011 - 3:21 PM
  • THE pre-Budget promise to give pensioners a free TV set-top box is hardly likely to cause a stampede in Tasmania -- 86 per cent of the state's homes are already set up for digital reception. The price of a new digital TV has already dropped almost as low as the price of a set-top box, with major retailers selling 33cm high-definition LCD TVs for as little as $129.

    RAY Wednesday 11 May, 2011 - 2:14 PM
  • WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH THIS GOVERNMENT? THEY HAVE NO BRAINS AT ALL ..
    THIS HAREBRAINED SCHEME IS KEVIN RUDD'S .. IT HAS BEEN ON THE CENTERLINK WEBSITE FOR THE LAST 2 YEARS... THIS IS THE LISTING""

    News for Seniors Issue 83 Spring/Summer 2010 English [pdf, 328k] eligible customers with a high-definition set-top box. ... An experienced government-contracted installer will install and demonstrate high definition ( HD) settop boxes and will also provide any necessary antenna and cabling work in eligible customers

    ITS A REHASHED RUDD STUPIDITY.... WITH THE COST EXPECTED T O BE $400-00 PER HOUSEHOLD IT IS JUST A HUGE WASTE ONCE AGAIN!! I AM AN AGED PENSIONER AND I DON'T WANT A SET TOP
    THERE ARE DIGITAL TELEVISIONS AVAILABLE FOR LESS THAN $400-00 AT ANY DISCOUNT STORE,
    WITH ASYLUM SEEKERS BURNING BUILDINGS, COMPUTERS, AND PLASMA TELEVISIONS AT VILLAWOOD,ANY PENSIONER WOULD BE GRATEFUL IF THEY WERE GIVEN THE $400-00 TO EITHER BUY A TELEVISION OR HELP WITH THE COST OF ELECTRICITY DURING THE WINTER MONTHS.

    COLLEEN B Tuesday 10 May, 2011 - 3:53 PM
  • Who thought this up... real Julia or fake Julia?
    Gran's had a set top box for years.
    I don't think set top boxes need an installer, do they?
    Will it be a HD box with PVR USB functions? Or just a kruddy SD box?
    Are the refugees and illegals getting set top boxes too?

    Max Monday 9 May, 2011 - 9:15 PM
  • What the hell did Australians do to deserve this moron. Its like bad dream. People want responsible government not set top boxes. This is so stupid its almost beyond belief. Who the hell is advising these morons?
    As for the refugees, yet again we have a stupid, unplanned, poorly (if at all), thought about policy but as sure as sunrise tomorrow its going to cost taxpayers big time.

    For the sake of the country the STD (slow talking dope) Gillard has got to go !!!!!

    Wal Monday 9 May, 2011 - 6:07 PM
  • Pete, set top boxes usually sell from $29-00 to $49-00 upwards for a fairly good one from discount retailers

    John Tamworth Nsw

    John Monday 9 May, 2011 - 4:19 PM

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