Is Tony Abbott too young to retire? 418



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Tony Abbott has controversially come out this week and defended his own legacy for the Liberal Government.  But more entertainingly, he has made the statement “I am too young to retire” a statement so many of us agree with at 60, just three years older than Mr Abbott’s 57 years of age.  Perhaps he will be a shining light on how his workplace can support him in finding new purpose as his role changes?

Mr Abbott met with The Weekend Australian, saying, “I’m going to be thinking about my future over the next few months and in the meantime I will be a solid member of the parliamentary backbench for the first time in 19 and a half years,” he said.

“I’m too young to retire and I certainly want to have some kind of role in our public life in the years to come. Precisely how I might give effect to that is something I will decide in coming months.

“I want to be able to serve my country in the months and years ahead but precisely what form that takes, it may be no more than continuing to serve in the Davidson fire brigade,” the 57 year old said.

Retirement age in Australia is traditionally set at 65, and Mr Abbott has been educating our community in his role as Prime Minister that this age should be higher, given the important role our ageing population needs to play in society.

So we ask today what you think.  Despite his pension, and the enormity of the role he has played in our nation in recent years that might make him deserving of an easier life.

Do you think Tony Abbott is too young to retire? Would you like to see him and our country find a fulfilling role in public service for him in the future? 

Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson is the founder and publisher of Starts at Sixty. The daughter of two baby boomers, she has built the online community for over 60s by listening carefully to the issues and seeking out answers, insights and information for over 60s throughout Australia. Rebecca is an experienced marketer, a trained journalist and has a degree in politics. A mother of 3, she passionately facilitates and leads our over 60s community, bringing the community opinions, needs and interests to the fore and making Starts at Sixty a fun place to be.

  1. Become a labourer, and we will see you work until your 70

    10 REPLY
    • Tony Abbott is a very fit man, your hatred has blinded you to his strength and endurance in things physical, you have got your way with the hate fest, just be honest.

    • He didn’t have the looks and charisma of Turnball but Abbott was honest and did try to help the country it was hard work because of shorten and the greens kept blocking everything. Libs still have the same policies see if they can get them through.

    • he wouldn’t last a day on a site….your not the Margy are you….not committed to honest work he wouldn’t have the heart

    • People can always judge and critisize but I would hate to be trying to run this country after the mess we were left in after labor we are talking billions in deficit.

    • Margy Lee Walsh So are a lot of people…. very fit surf, voluntary fire fighter ,runs etc…doesnt mean that they would be good at hard labour…

    • Mate my grandpa worked all his live … Retired at 65 and could not take it ….. Went back to work as a concreter and worked till 80. There’s no clear cut black and white …. All about physical AND mental strength

  2. I am not allowed to claim the pension until 65 yrs. Why should ANY politicians be able to retire early. They made the rules now they can stick to them like we have to, self funded (with tax payers money ) or not!

    8 REPLY
    • Trouble is most of the ones on the old scheme saw the light & left as soon as they could after Election

    • You lot will one day rue the day malfunction overthrew this man. Just wait until he gets his labor left policies in – you won’t be able to afford living with everything going through the roof with malfunctions ‘climate change’ policies and his ‘renewable energy crap, boaties back on the move (already watching malfunctions slip up about changing border protection etc etc. Watch this space sheeples!!

    • well he can afford to retire early as retiring politicians are looked after at our expense. All the guidelines do not apply to them. Maybe we should be pushing more for NO lifetime pensions for politicians, regardless of how long they have been in politicis. it is a job is it not? I like someone else’s suggestion that maybe give them one year only to work back into normal work and then live on what you have worked for just like the rest of us have to as idjts like Hockey & Rabbit made the rules.
      Unfortunately can’t see any politicians brave enough to stop these payments. ludicrous.

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