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Dr Karl to donate IGR fees

Dr Karl to donate IGR fees

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki has stated that he will donate his IGR fees to government schools.

Mental health system in disarray

Mental health system in disarray

Australia’s mental health system is in need of treatment.

Relief in sight for pensioners

Relief in sight for pensioners

The Federal Government is considering changes to the pension taper rate.

NSW election win good for PM

NSW election win good for PM

The results are in – the Liberals win the NSW election and the Aussie’s win ...

Why Direct Action won’t work

Why Direct Action won’t work

Australia’s big polluters will set their own emission limits as part of the Direct Action ...

Older and poorer see GPs most

Older and poorer see GPs most

A report released today shows that those who visit GPs most are the old and ...

Government gives back your money

Government gives back your money

Abbott Government to reverse legislation moving ‘inactive’ account balances to ASIC.

Coalition pushes pension review

Coalition pushes pension review

The offer of an independent review into pension rates is nothing more than lip service ...

Backbenchers target pension cuts

Backbenchers target pension cuts

A group of liberal backbenchers are pushing to scrap planned cuts to the pension.

Protect the Age Pension

Protect the Age Pension

Hold Mr.Abbott to his promise that there would be "no changes to pensions".

Millionaire pension payments

Millionaire pension payments

Asset-rich retirees have been receiving around $500 million in benefits per year.

AMA calls on PM to fix Medicare

AMA calls on PM to fix Medicare

The AMA has called on Tony Abbott to review his unpopular health policies.

$7 GP co-payment on chopping block

$7 GP co-payment on chopping block

Tony Abbott has all but walked away from his government’s $7 GP co-payment proposal.

Abbott, Shorten tied for PM vote

Abbott, Shorten tied for PM vote

Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten are tied as preferred Prime Minister.

Goodbye Gough

Goodbye Gough

Gough Whitlam was a giant of a man – and a giant among men. Today ...

Parliamentary burqa ban

Parliamentary burqa ban

Within a week, ASIO may ban people from wearing a burqa into Parliament House.

Law changes will damage privacy

Law changes will damage privacy

New anti-terror laws are expected to pass the senate before the end of the week. ...

Your Retirement Update

Your Retirement Update

YOURLifeChoices has gathered industry experts to tell you what’s really happening.

What will really change today?

What will really change today?

Discover exactly which budget items will take effect today.

Calls for cigarette floor price

Calls for cigarette floor price

Senator Nick Xenophon wants to increase the minimum price per packet.

Superannuation update #1 2014

Superannuation update #1 2014

The 10-year returns are impressive, but is your fund one of the best performers?

Australia spends big on defence

Australia spends big on defence

Australia has purchased 58 new Joint Strike Fighters at a cost of $12.4 billion.

The return of knights and dames

The return of knights and dames

Australia will once again have knights and dames.

NBN three-year plan revoked

NBN three-year plan revoked

NBN future uncertain for 500,000 ‘ready for service’ premises.

A letter to all retirees

A letter to all retirees

We recently received an anonymous letter at YOURLifeChoices, addressed to all retirees

Telstra reduces roaming rates

Telstra reduces roaming rates

Telstra has cut their global roaming rates to 20 per cent of current levels.

Protect your privacy online

Protect your privacy online

Alan wants to know how to prevent the Government from viewing his online data.

Tax refund scam

Tax refund scam

Another scam has appeared, this time taking advantage of tax time.

DisabilityCare Australia

DisabilityCare Australia

DisabilityCare Australia will be rolled out at a cost of $19.3 billion over seven years.

Challenge of natural disasters

Challenge of natural disasters

The Government is investing $100 million in natural disaster mitigation.

Who’s really rotten?

Who’s really rotten?

An email from the Liberal Party claims “40,000 illegal arrivals under Labor”

Government grab for inactive bank accounts

Government grab for inactive bank accounts

The Government can now take accounts which have been inactive for three years

Hurry up and die

Hurry up and die

The Deputy PM of Japan has reportedly made some outrageous statements.

Centrelink concession card blunder

Centrelink concession card blunder

Not only are single parents due to have their Newstart Allowance cut, they have also ...

Record abuse of Centrelink staff

Record abuse of Centrelink staff

It seems that tensions at Centrelink offices are boiling over.

Dole bludgers bleed millions from taxpayers

Dole bludgers bleed millions from taxpayers

Recently released figures show that 105 Victorians have been out of work for more than ...

Government backflip on asylum policy

Government backflip on asylum policy

The Government has decided to adopt all 22 independent recommendations.

$4.6 billion NBN blowout

$4.6 billion NBN blowout

The National Broadband Network project will cost an additional $4.6 billion to build and operate.

Government benefits to working longer

Government benefits to working longer

Dennis has continued to work past the age of 65 but isn’t aware of any ...

Government to blame for Olympic failure

Government to blame for Olympic failure

Australia looks set to post its worst Olympic performance in a quarter of a century.

Changes to pensioner deeming accounts

Changes to pensioner deeming accounts

Why isn't the Government acting to protect the Self Funded retirees and the Age Pensioners?

Hank Jongen - the human face of Centrelink

Hank Jongen - the human face of Centrelink

Hank is responsible for $100 billion in funds and 40,000 staff.

Carbon tax impact on aged care costs

Carbon tax impact on aged care costs

Aged care facilities can now take an extra 1 per cent of a resident’s pension.

Have our leaders failed…

Have our leaders failed…

... you say they have.

Aged Care—what will the changes mean for you?

Aged Care—what will the changes mean for you?

Aged care is set to experience the biggest reform in over a decade.

Financial advice reforms pass Senate

Financial advice reforms pass Senate

The Future of Financial Advice reforms passed the Senate on 20 June 2012.

Veteran’s service goes online

Veteran’s service goes online

Accessing support services and providing information online is a time saving way to deal with ...

Pension increases

Pension increases

From 20 March 2012 pension rates will increase in line with cost of living increases.

No share for pensioners

No share for pensioners

There are three ways of viewing Budget 2012-3; politically, economically or personally

Austerity rules – or does it?

Austerity rules – or does it?

Wayne Swan will today deliver the 2012/13 Federal Budget.

How could it all go so wrong

How could it all go so wrong

For people struggling on a pension, Australia might not be the lucky country.

Super policy: back-to-front and inside out

Super policy: back-to-front and inside out

Changes to the current superannuation policy are due to take effect on 1 July ...

Gillard under fire

Gillard under fire

Julia Gillard is facing yet another challenge to her leadership.

Time for a rethink?

Time for a rethink?

Australia’s political landscape is far from serene so who can save the Labor Party?

Budget predictions – Low Income Supplement

Budget predictions – Low Income Supplement

With no Age Pension increase on the cards in this year’s Federal Budget, much ...

Budget predictions – Aged Care reforms

Budget predictions – Aged Care reforms

Under the reforms more home and residential care places will be made available.

Budget predictions – Age Pension

Budget predictions – Age Pension

Will this budget address the need for more money for senior Australians?

Budget predictions – Disability Insurance Scheme

Budget predictions – Disability Insurance Scheme

This new project will start next year.

Aged care reforms update

Aged care reforms update

Julia Gillard today announced major reforms on aged care.

Australian pensioners struggling with shortfall

Australian pensioners struggling with shortfall

After paying a lifetime of taxes, are pensioners being given the cold shoulder?

Mining tax passes Senate

Mining tax passes Senate

The mining tax will become a reality on 1 July 2012. The Government’s much-maligned ...

Medicare-funded dental system

Medicare-funded dental system

Tony Abbot called for the introduction of a Medicare-funded dental system on Tuesday this ...

Never stop learning

Never stop learning

YOURLifeChoices subscriber, Shirley, has asked for some information regarding community interaction and learning in regards to computers and the internet. YOURLifeChoices has covered the issues of Computer clubs, internet allowances, online diary’s and $250 computers. Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association Australian ...

Mid-year budget cuts

Mid-year budget cuts

Hell-bent on getting the balance sheet back in the black, Treasurer Wayne Swan has ...

GP helpline

GP helpline

What do you do if it’s the middle of the night and you’re feeling ...

Carbon Tax Calculators

Carbon Tax Calculators

Whether we like it or not, the Carbon Tax is here. And many people ...

A word on the Carbon Tax

A word on the Carbon Tax

Liberal Senator Eric Abetz has shared his views on the Carbon Tax. Have ...

Age Pension eligibility age

Age Pension eligibility age

Under the Pension Sustainability Reforms in 2009, the Federal Government announced an increase in ...

Carbon tax compensation

Carbon tax compensation

A few months may have passed since the announcement of the proposed Carbon Tax ...

Appealing Centrelink Decisions

Appealing Centrelink Decisions

Q. Graham You placed my concerns some time ago on your newsletter and I received some interesting information. I have since contacted the Government but cannot get any response to my mail and emails. Do you have an address for an organisation that address pensioners concerns ...

Free set-top box

Free set-top box

Is the government-funded set-top box really new? The 2011/12 Federal Budget delivered continued funding ...

Set-top boxes explained

Set-top boxes explained

Is the government-funded set-top box really new? The 2011/12 Federal Budget delivered continued funding for the Household Assistance Scheme to provide eligible pensioners with a free set-top box. As this is already in operation, it seems strange that the announcement provoked such political backlash. The Household ...

Dental health - Budget 2011

Dental health - Budget 2011

Improved access to public dental health will be welcomed by many Australians for whom a visit to the dentist provokes a reaction of fear and loathing – not at the actual treatment itself but at the bill presented upon completion. The Government is investing $53million over four years to ...

Keeping seniors connected - Budget 2011

Keeping seniors connected - Budget 2011

Following on from the Broadband for Seniors initiative, further funding of $10.4 million will be provided over four years to support the 2,000 existing broadband kiosks around the country. An estimated 94,000 older Australians have utilised these kiosks to keep in touch with family and friends, or simply to ...

Comprehensive and sustainable national aged care system - Budget 2011

Comprehensive and sustainable national aged care system - Budget 2011

With the Productivity Commission due to deliver its final report into redesigning Australia's aged care system next month, it will be interesting to see just how far the $55.4 billion committed over the next four years will go. Under National Health Reforms a nationally consistent aged ...

Cancer screening funding - Budget 2011

Cancer screening funding - Budget 2011

It is no surprise that when it comes to cancer, prevention or early detection are preferable to a cure. With fewer than 40 per cent of bowel cancers being detected early, the need for a screening program is evident. Funding for this program ceased at the ...

Skills initiatives - Budget 2011

Skills initiatives - Budget 2011

The investment in skills has four prongs. Firstly, the National Workforce Development Fund created to deliver an estimated 130,000 training places tailored to industry needs. Secondly the streamlining, and in some cases fast tracking, of Australian Apprenticeships so more of the 400,000 apprentices complete the qualification, including a tax ...

Boosting participation - Budget 2011

Boosting participation - Budget 2011

Reforms include changes to the Low Income Tax Offset (LITO) and the phasing out of the Dependent Spouse Tax Offset (DSTO) for those born on or after July 1, 1971, support for disadvantaged groups including those with a disability and the long-term unemployed, a targeting of those suffering from ...

Work bonus - Budget 2011

Work bonus - Budget 2011

This is not news, but was delivered as such in the Budget press releases today. Starting 1 July the revised work Bonus will allow age pensioners (particularly those with seasonal or project work) to earn up to $250 a fortnight without having this assessed under the pension income test. ...

Mental health - Budget 2011

Mental health - Budget 2011

‘Australians with a mental illness will get the care they need, when they need it, under a $2.2 billion reform package (over five years) for mental health services.’ Now that’s a big claim. We hope it is possible. The breakdown of core components of this program is as follows: ...

Workforce participation

Workforce participation

“Jobs, jobs, jobs are the centrepiece of the budget”, said Treasurer Wayne Swan in the press conference in the budget lock-up today. Except for older Australians, apparently. The two key elements to the package announced - Building Australia’s Future Workforce - are a $3 billion ...

An Age Commissioner - Budget 2011

An Age Commissioner - Budget 2011

We simply don’t believe it… buried in the fine print, there it was. The Government will provide $4 million over four years to fund a stand-alone Age Discrimination commissioner and support team in the Australian Human Rights Commission. What does this mean for you? It means there ...

An Age Commissioner - Budget 2011

An Age Commissioner - Budget 2011

We simply don’t believe it… buried in the fine print, there it was. The Government will provide $4 million over four years to fund a stand-alone Age Discrimination commissioner and support team in the Australian Human Rights Commission. What does this mean for you? It means there ...

Debbie's Budget Blog

Debbie's Budget Blog

The delivery of the 2011/12 Federal Budget was perhaps one of the least anticipated ...

Claiming a UK pension

Claiming a UK pension

If you have paid National Insurance contributions in the UK then you may be ...

Battle of the bulge

Battle of the bulge

In early 2008 Australia gained the title of ‘fattest country in the world’… not the land… but the inhabitants. Read Drew’s report and recommendations for a healthier waistline. In recent years, Australia has overtaken America to become the most obese country in the world (per capita). ...

Clarifying super rules

Clarifying super rules

In July 2009, the Government implemented changes to superannuation concession contributions. With hefty tax implications for excessive contributions above the new levels, it’s important to understand how much salary you can sacrifice. From July 2009, the new limits on how much can be contributed to ...

Salary sacrificing to superannuation

Salary sacrificing to superannuation

As of 1 July 2009, the Government implemented changes to superannuation concessions. If you’re still salary sacrificing into your superannuation fund, you need to make sure this is still the best way to maximise your super. The annual cap on concessional superannuation contributions will be ...

Find your super

Find your super

With more than $13 billion in unclaimed super looking for a home, Australians are ...

Self Managed Super Funds (SMSF)

Self Managed Super Funds (SMSF)

Managing your own super is a big responsibility, so it’s important you make sure it’s the best option for you. Starting your own Self Managed Super Fund (SMSF) will require you to make some important decisions about how to run your fund and structure it. If ...

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