Clive Palmer vows to fight pension changes 158



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Clive Palmer yesterday told the House of Representatives he will fight the pension changes that were just passed. He has described the Social Services Amendment Bill because he believes they are “unfair and unreasonable”.

In a passionate statement released by the Palmer United Party, Mr Palmer says the government is making the lives of pensioners more difficult, and is “attacking those who can least afford it”.

“A person who has $25,000 in earnings and superannuation will lose over $8000 of their pension. It hardly acts as an encouragement for people to put money away for super to provide for the future. They are going to see half of it go,” says Mr Palmer.

“Also, they will lose their eligibility for part of the pension. That is a negative incentive.”

Mr Palmer says the government is out of touch with the realities of life for an Australian on the pension and shows a disregard for older Australians.

“It is not just about the present; it should be about the past and recognising that senior citizens of Australia are people we should respect, that wisdom resides in a lot of our elder citizens, that they still have a lot to contribute to Australia.

“How can they have the respect of the community if they are constantly being attacked, if their income and their lives are being slowly diminished by a government that continues to cut away at the small entitlements that they have at the moment?”

According to Mr Palmer, the current government needs to look to the Menzies government, which he says was a “broad church” that looked after all Australians despite a debt of about 40% of GDP.

“Bob Menzies would be rolling in his grave if he saw the sorts of measures that are coming forward in this parliament to attack those who cannot look after themselves, to attack the pensioners of Australia. The pension, for many people, has been sacrosanct – most important in their sustainment and their lifestyle.”

Speaking to the Sunshine Coast Daily about his plans to oppose the pension changes, Mr Palmer said his stance was not about gaining votes from middle-income Australians.

“I don’t care if I get re-elected or not, I’d rather try and make a difference and get things done rather than just appear to do so,” he said.

Tell us: What do you think of Clive Palmer’s stance?

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  1. All he has said is what all pensioners have been saying all along, but he is backing us so that has to be good.

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  2. And then he will change his mind at the last minute!

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  3. He’s a bit late isn’t he? Haven’t they gone through the senate? Or is he not in parliament enough to know how it works?

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    • It is to late Marlene ..your right ..Clive did not have the numbers to block it and there is nothing he can do now

  4. He has missed so many sittings & hardly been seen at budget meetings 2 out of 10 ,or something like that . A while since I saw stats

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    • It is pointless sitting/voting in parliament when LNP have the numbers. Everyone else may as well stay home. It doesn’t take many people to make a “Captain’s Call”

  5. Must be something in it for him to be for it

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    • Or he knows part pensioners who will have their pensions cut to pay money to poorer pensioners. Meanwhile, really rich superannuates aren’t a penny worse off – only those managing to get a part pension. Fair – I don’t think so. The rich are the leaners and the poorer working class are the lifters.

  6. He is an Aussie lots of people don’t like him but l believe he is for real on this particular issue

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    • no one is going to want millionaires like you Dawn Bruce to have the pension. you have more than enough money to mange..and manage better than the rest of us

    • News Flash, The killing season is to be Replayed.Yipeeeeeeeee.One for the sad labor trolls not to miss while waiting for the next election.

    • I don’t believe if you have enough wealth to live on then the pension should be there for people who really need it to live every one needs to be able to have a meal and a little comfort in theirsave enough over the years life not everyone has had the opportunity to be able to

    • every day pensioners struggle to get by, people with millions don’t know what hardship is, they don’t have to panic when the electricity bill comes or worry of their needs new tires..they just go buy it..the wealthy can take care of themselves

    • That is so true how many aged people go cold because they can’t afford to pay for the electricity needed , l really think that we should have a cut in the cost unfortunately in W A we only have Synergy and no competition to choose from. The Eastern States have 3 or 4 different choices

    • I was led to believe that a pensioner could own 1 house and Twohundred thousand dollarsin the bank . How come people who are wealthy even in a pension you have to show Centre Link all your assets

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