The pension haggle continues 249



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Bill and Tony are at it again. This time they are taking opposing sides on the pension debate.

In the red corner Mr Shorten and the opposition spokeswoman for families and payments, Jenny Macklin, argue that there’s nothing wrong with the age pension and that it’s sustainable in its current form into the future. They’ve pointed the government in the direction of lifting the freeze on superannuation contributions from 9.5 per cent to assist with their budget savings. The long-term benefit being keeping more people off the age pension due to higher savings.

While he’s at it, he has stated that the family home would never form part of the unchanged eligibility requirements under a Labor government.

In the blue corner however, Mr Abbott and Social Services Minister Scott Morrison, continue to pitch that “the pensioners of Australia should rest easy” as pension payments are continuing to increase; $21.20 per fortnight alone since the end of the carbon tax.

The government might find itself hamstrung as thawing the temporary freeze of the super rate as it would unwind saving measures of some $2.6billion, money they can ill-afford with the budget in damage control. So it looks like Shorten’s solution isn’t much of one at all, casting the relief effort on future retirees.

Either way, there’s mounting pressure on today’s pensioners. The pension is not keeping up with the escalation in household bills and the longer-term fix proposed by Shorten doesn’t help those on the pension today.

Once again the real issues facing pensioners today, have been put off to a later date. What today’s pensioners need is genuine discussion with policy that has an immediate effect.


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  1. Shorten. Abbott is an idiot, an embarrassment.

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    • If that is so about Abbott! What does that make Shorten! An unproven Idiot and unproven embarrassment? Haven’t heard him actually say how he will get our country out of the mess his government left us with. Too busy running down his opposition and blocking anything that is put forward. Small part of me would like to see it happen actually. However I don’t want to see our country in further strife

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      • I wonder where Shorten got that tactic from, short memories for some people what was Abbott’s nick name Mr Negative.

  2. Red corner abbots a fair dinkum goose that wouldn’t no his face from his arse

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  3. All Federal pollies need to immediately go on to single persons pension for twelve months, no salary or living away expenses.

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    • Actually that is a damn good idea. That would really sort things out and let them see how we manage, and don’t forget they have to cover home , contents, car and health insurance. I wonder how long they’d manage for. I am not sure who else is in agreement but I really feel that the perks that parliamentarians receive, need to be capped and stopped completely after 2 years after leaving politics. (They’d be there forever otherwise). Once they turn 70, should we insist they go on to an age pension with no frills??

    • Nice thought, Leslie, except for one thing…they, unlike the ordinary person, have a wage to go back to when their lip service time has finished on that single person’s pension exercise.

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      • I’d be extremely happy just to live on the perks for the back benches I’d be far better off.

  4. Umm…what about involving real pensioners in the discussions?

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    • Now that’s good suggestion…. Been suggested before…time and time again. Maybe get out of their comfort zones and come live out here in the constipated areas

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