Economic Potential of Senior Australians

Yesterday the Advisory Panel on the Economic Potential of Senior Australians delivered its first report to Deputy PM-Treasurer Wayne Swan. While I think the Panel is unlikely to yield much of substance – i.e. beyond feel-good recommendations such as governments should promote the value of older workers to employers – the Panel’s first report is a quality document analysing demographic trends, prepared by a secretariat within the Treasury. This striking chart from the report suggests to me the need to invest heavily in accessible and comfortable public transport over the next few decades, assuming we don’t want a massive increase in retired, elderly drivers taking to our roads:

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