Labor accuses government of “short-changing pensioners”

An embarrassing situation happened today and time, the Government accidentally backed a motion criticising itself. The support was for a demand
Another gaffe, and this time it's about our pension.

An embarrassing situation happened today and time, the Government accidentally backed a motion criticising itself. The support was for a demand that the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull cease “short-changing pensioners”.
Labor’s Anthony Albanese, who was sitting at the table of the House of Representatives, was the first to realise what was happening. He watched, almost with his mouth open, as LNP member for Wright, Scott Buchholz, seconded a motion which had just been moved by Labor’s MP for Lindsay, Emma Husar. Basically, the Government had just supported the statement that the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was short-changing pensioners.

Mr Buchholz wanted to speak on the motion because he grew up in household in Queensland where the sole source of income was a widow’s pension. However, he later said he only backed the motion to allow debate on it to continue and if anyone failed in their responsibility, it was the Labor seconder.
“I made clear my support of the government’s policy surrounding pensioners in my speech,” he told parliament.

This isn’t the first time this has happened, a similar incident occurred on October 13 when Revenue Minister Kelly O’Dwyer accidentally waved through an amendment to a multinational tax bill which called on the Government to “explain why it has failed to close tax loopholes and increase transparency in Australia”.

That was a deliberate Opposition trap. Today’s episode was simply an own goal.
Ms Husar’s motion noted “the Government is short changing Australian pensioners”.
And the motion called on “the Prime Minister (Malcolm Turnbull) to immediately reduce deeming rates in line with falling interest rates, so that pensioners’ assets are deemed fairly and Australian pensioners finally get some relief”.
Mr Buchholz had wanted to join the debate but hadn’t been aware of the procedural matters before the House.
He was asked by Acting Speaker Rob Mitchell, the Labor MP for McEwen, if he seconded the motion, which was a standard request.
“I second the motion,” he replied.

What do you think of this incident? Does it goes to show anything?

  1. ken goodman  

    Yes, we are ruled by fools. Greedy one at that.

  2. Ailsa  

    Yes I do think pensioners are being treated badly by this Government. Australian pensions are one of the lowest in the Western world. Combine this with cuts to Medicare and it looks to me as though they just want older people to go away and die quietly.

  3. Trevor  

    What is happening is we are governed by greedy politicians that dont realy care for anyone but themselves.
    Like if the Libs bring out a good idea , labor and the Greens will vote against it no matter what.The press should report the truth and publish how the polies vote on bills and see how they are destroying our way of life.

  4. New assets test that doubles the taper rate and deeming rates well above any interest rates on offer, yes, We are being ripped off!

  5. alan karslake  

    Interesting to watch both sides forget to declare million dollar properties while continually attacking our more vulnerable. These greedy graspers have no shame, and no honour. The next pay rise given out will be to themselves as they sell the remainder of our farmland to the chinese, and then give them our jobs,

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