20th Mar 2019
Age Pension increases: 20 March 2019
How much more Age Pension will you receive?

In accordance with indexation, Age Pension payment rates will increase as of 20 March 2019, but today, we can help you find out if you’ll receive more money as a result.

From 20 March 2019, the following pension payment rates will apply:

Maximum Age Pension payment rates

     Previous   Current   Increase 
 Single  Base  $834.40  $843.60  $9.20
   Supplement  $67.80  $68.50  $0.70
   Energy Supplement  $14.10  $14.10  —
   Total  $916.30  $926.20  $9.90
 Couple (each)   Base  $629.00  $635.90  $6.90
   Supplement  $51.10  $51.60  $0.50
   Energy Supplement  $10.60  $10.60  —

 Total  $690.70  $698.10  $7.40


The Pension Supplement is paid as part of certain regular fortnightly income support payments to help eligible recipients meet the costs of daily household and living expenses.

Pension Supplement* basic amount

   Previous   Current   Increase 
 Single  $23.60  $23.80  $0.20
 Couple separated   $23.60  $23.80  $0.20
 Couple (each)  $19.40  $19.60  $0.20


Pension Supplement# minimum amount



 Previous   Current   Increase
 Single  $36.30  $36.70  $0.40
 Couple separated   $36.30  $36.70  $0.40
 Couple (each)  $27.40  $27.70  $0.30

Pension Supplement basic is for those receiving a pension while overseas
Pension Supplement minimum is for those paid a pension under the transitional rules

Planning your finances in retirement will help you decide whether you can support your ideal retirement lifestyle with or without the help of the Age Pension. 

And, if you’ve just missed out on a part Age Pension due to your income or assets, indexed thresholds may mean you now qualify, so what are the new rates?

Age Pension rules are complex – let us simplify them for you. The PensionChecker™ tool has all the information you need.

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    Old Man
    6th Mar 2019
    3:44pm
    That's a 10.7% increase for couples and a 10.8% increase for singles when the CPI increase is 1.9%. Be better if the pension was higher but at least it's staying ahead of inflation.
    BJ
    6th Mar 2019
    3:55pm
    its actually a nearly a 1% increase NOT 10%, so its way behind inflation at around 2%.
    Old Man
    6th Mar 2019
    4:30pm
    Thanks BJ, back to the calculator. Now it's disgraceful, not only my maths but the pittance.
    MICK
    6th Mar 2019
    4:48pm
    That's 1% more than this black cat received. Not complaining though.
    Lets face it IT IS AN ELECTION and the mongrels who savaged the retirement community have to offer something to pull back a few votes. And before any trolls come back with the obvious yes Labor has not done us any favours either.
    There's merit in voting Independent....even though I'd like to see Australians do this via Labor to get rid of the dictatorship in formation and then on to Independents unless Labor does a great job.

    The irony is Labor is let win every time there are bad things happening in the world. Rudd got the GFC and the end of this year is forecast to be much worse. One has to wonder but we'll see how the fat lady behaves. KEEP IN YOUR MEMORY READERS. The predictions are for a depression.
    BERRYUPSET
    6th Mar 2019
    9:29pm
    one decimal place out!
    I USED TO HATE DECIMALS especially fractions)
    Arvo
    6th Mar 2019
    11:17pm
    It's actually 1.08% increase for singles on full pension The core inflation rate as at
    30/ 01/ 2019 was 1.8%. So, yes, the age pension rise is behind the rate of inflation. This is how the Morrison government wants to woo the pensioner's votes. What a joke!!!!
    https://tradingeconomics.com/australia/inflation-cpi
    OlderandWiser
    7th Mar 2019
    10:38am
    1% more than I received. And if Labor has it's way, I'll lose more than 25%. That's how Labor wants to woo the pensioner's vote. What a disgrace!
    OlderandWiser
    7th Mar 2019
    10:38am
    1% more than I received. And if Labor has it's way, I'll lose more than 25%. That's how Labor wants to woo the pensioner's vote. What a disgrace!
    Arvo
    7th Mar 2019
    11:48am
    You' are Older but not any wiser- now that's a shame!
    OnlyGenuineRainey
    7th Mar 2019
    1:11pm
    Older&Wiser if you are a SFR why are you even commenting on this article or do you just want to gripe about your FC as per usual. FFS give it a rest. The ALP have said tim & time again the SFR like yourself WILL NOT BE AFFECTED, blooby hell
    OlderandWiser
    8th Mar 2019
    4:02pm
    And you must be a Labor troll to state such utter garbage, Lothario. SFRs like me ARE THE WORST AFFECTED BY LABOR'S CRUELTY. The rich SFRs aren't affected. Neither are pensioners - INCLUDING the rich ones. It's the battling SFRs with lower asset balances and lower incomes who WILL LOSE A MASSIVE CHUNK OF INCOME if Labor has it's greedy and cruel way. Stop misrepresenting and learn the FACTS. Not by reading Labor lies, but by examining the policy.
    OlderandWiser
    8th Mar 2019
    4:02pm
    Wise enough to see how greedy people like you are, arvo.
    OlderandWiser
    8th Mar 2019
    4:03pm
    Wise enough to see how greedy people like you are, arvo.
    Greg
    9th Mar 2019
    5:10pm
    Don't the increases happen twice a year - so around 1% each six months is 2% per year, CPI 1.9%, seems fair.
    Cat
    6th Mar 2019
    3:52pm
    Whoop de doo
    fairgo
    6th Mar 2019
    3:59pm
    Unfortunately, not 10%,because 10% of $916 of old pension $91.6, so really roughing it or approx 1.07% say your decimal dot out. cheers & chuckles. The increase much appreciated for singles at $9.90
    *Loloften*
    6th Mar 2019
    11:14pm
    Less than $5/wk for OAP singles - won't cover increases in fresh fruit/vegs (+ a bit of steak or lamb chop wkly if not vegan). Appears LNP just want "we burdens" to eat much cheaper Maccas daily & "cark-it" sooner....altho'' reckon we''ve got the numbers to "bury" 'em in May.
    OlderandWiser
    7th Mar 2019
    10:43am
    Well, when Labor forces more than 900,000 more to become 'burdens' by stealing up to 30% of their income in unfair tax, I just hope the resulting increased OAP bill doesn't lead to more demands for cuts for what you folk who are enjoying a raise now enjoy.
    OnlyGenuineRainey
    7th Mar 2019
    1:15pm
    Bloody hell O&W give it a rest. You're a SFR same as me so shouldn't even be commenting on this post
    OlderandWiser
    8th Mar 2019
    4:12pm
    Why, Lothario. My comment is very relevant to the topic. And factual. And I have just as much right to comment as anyone else. Anyway, I will likely be forced to be a pensioner if the stinking vile Labor thieves get their way.
    KB
    6th Mar 2019
    4:16pm
    If Labour wins the election then they will increase the pensions more, 10.00 is better than nothing. Helps with the increase o private health premiums,
    Arvo
    6th Mar 2019
    11:19pm
    If one can afford private health premiums, one should not be on a pension!!!
    *Loloften*
    6th Mar 2019
    11:34pm
    It's less than $5/wk - an insult, doesn't come close to covering increases in fresh fruit/veg/meat let alone Private Health, Home & Contents + Car Insurances. No wonder many OAPs have already discontinued their Private Health Cover & many more of us are seriously thinking of doing the same - no forseeable plans by LNP to build nearly enough new Public Hospitals to accommodate us all. A total debacle.
    eggles01
    7th Mar 2019
    12:27am
    look out KB here comes the sheet that they will be pulling over your eyes so you cannot see the wolf under the sheepskin creep on you until you are completely devoured you can be partially forgiven if you take Mick with you
    Cowboy Jim
    7th Mar 2019
    10:26am
    Arvo - might be - No pension for people spending their days in the pub or on pokies. Pensions should be paid according how much taxes you paid during your working life, disabled persons to be exempt.
    Arvo
    7th Mar 2019
    12:29pm
    Cowboy Jim- You forgot to mention, no pension for people going to the regular Bingo events or buying alcohol at adjoining supermarket liqueur stores and drinking at home.
    All pensioners are financially disabled except for those who can afford private health care premiums and the gaps.
    OnlyGenuineRainey
    7th Mar 2019
    1:20pm
    Arvo, talking out your blurter hole
    Arvo
    7th Mar 2019
    4:16pm
    Lothario, that is exactly my opinion about you!
    KB
    6th Mar 2019
    4:16pm
    If Labour wins the election then they will increase the pensions more, 10.00 is better than nothing. Helps with the increase o private health premiums,
    Paddington
    6th Mar 2019
    4:40pm
    Yes, even a little helps. Our private cover has gone up $9 a week so it nearly covers that.
    We are lucky to have it. Life is good. We live in a good country without wars and with freedoms.
    Cowboy Jim
    7th Mar 2019
    10:28am
    Agree with Paddington 100%
    Sydstan
    6th Mar 2019
    4:20pm
    Our house insurance with Suncorp has just gone up $20 per fortnight along with everything else - this increase does not even cover that
    Paddington
    6th Mar 2019
    4:42pm
    Look for a better deal. Then go back to Suncorps and ask them what is their counter offer. It works.
    Old Man
    6th Mar 2019
    4:57pm
    Don't know if this helps, Sydstan but last year I put in a description of our property on a comparison site and they figured that the amount insured was about $100,000 less than the renewal figure. I challenged our insurer and we agreed to drop the sum insured on the property and therefore the premium dropped.
    Arvo
    6th Mar 2019
    11:23pm
    I got comparison quotes for contents insurance of $150,000 and $50,000. Guess what? There was no difference in premium. What a rip off!!!
    Greg
    9th Mar 2019
    5:08pm
    Go elsewhere, I can almost guarantee you you'll find a cheaper price then your OLD price. Loyalty means nothing.

    For everyone - every year when the renewal comes hit the internet and get numerous quotes, all very easy to do online for house, contents, car, green slip; but DON'T use one of those comparison sites as they only deal with particular insurance companies and many cheaper options are out there. Over the years I've had quotes for house/contents ranging from $500 to $3500 and cars $700 to $2800.

    For your own good - SHOP AROUND
    terrib
    6th Mar 2019
    4:36pm
    Except people in government housing lose 25% so doesn't really touch the amount everything has gone up by. It's about time we were given a decent basic pension.
    Paddington
    6th Mar 2019
    4:43pm
    terrib, how come? What has changed?
    Dotty
    6th Mar 2019
    4:52pm
    I agree with you wholly terrib !
    But then if we were in private housing it would cost us more ! I am lucky
    to be in Human Services Housing and have a much lower cost for housing
    than those in Private Housing !
    be thankful for small measures my Nan used to say God rest her soul !
    Dotty
    Rae
    7th Mar 2019
    7:51am
    Yes Dotty some of Nan's and the Aunties sayings are going to come very helpful because we are in for the double Australian whammy of drought prices and a Recession.

    All we can do is try to save where possible by cutting out all the unnecessary spending and making do and mending.
    Dotty
    6th Mar 2019
    4:47pm
    Gee I can save up towards a Holiday with that huge increase!
    Just think A whole $15 in the past 12 months increase !
    And yet those that have sat in Parliament for the past 12 months and are now retiring are getting a huge $200.000 a year to live on plus all the Perks that go with that and here we are not anywhere near that and never will with any of those in Parliament have their way !
    They are too busy working out just how much they will end up with to ever consider us old ones that were making this Country what it is today !! Dotty
    musicveg
    6th Mar 2019
    4:54pm
    Yes Dotty we cannot afford the retiring wages of the MP's, they are not even asset tested, and a lot of them are already millionaires, disgusting and unfair, Australians are getting ripped off. A measly $5 per week is like throwing a peanut at you compared to what they get.
    Arvo
    6th Mar 2019
    11:29pm
    Dotty- That's because, they believe that, their shit doesn't stink so they are worth $200,000 pa each, on retirement.
    TREBOR
    6th Mar 2019
    4:49pm
    Gloreh, Gloreh - a loaf of bread, a jug of cask wine..... and thee! the best things in life are free.... but you need money to access them ......
    *Loloften*
    7th Mar 2019
    12:04am
    Yep.....however pensioners are still paying for Pollies, via GST/stamp duties etc, to relish their enormously expensive Laphoairg (not sure of spelling, obviously) Scotch Whiskey, big fat Cuban cigars, daily expensive lunches et al whilst Parliament is "sitting," ridiculously over-generous Super contributions/pensions + dozs of expensive perks both during & after we no longer employ 'em.
    JB
    6th Mar 2019
    4:49pm
    My husband on age pension and I have been earning $415 a fortnight. His pension is reduced by $66 a fortnight. I will be happy when I can get the pension !
    almost a grey hair
    6th Mar 2019
    4:50pm
    Don't forget my three kids have not had a pay increase for three yrs . You lot get a pay rise every six months without any increase in productivity LOL. I asked them do they mind, they said no as long as they don't whinge its not enough , its more than we are getting after all
    Dotty
    6th Mar 2019
    4:59pm
    Yes and its such a "Huge" rise too isn't it if you work it out this last
    year its total of $15 and you get told long before the rise comes
    that your rent will rise by so much !
    And then I sit and work out just what I can do with all that $5 a fortnight
    that I have left over after I pay the rise in my Rent!
    Maybe a cuppa coffee ot a loaf of bread ! But who is whinging ?
    Dotty
    TREBOR
    6th Mar 2019
    11:05pm
    We're retirees... it's our job! Our job to keep politicians and other mongrels honest.... and to raise a storm every time something evil is visited upon us from Mordor... sorry Canberra ... our productivity is high and rising all the time..... thanks to hefty inputs of insult and humiliation and ritual degradation as retirees... from many sides.....
    *Loloften*
    7th Mar 2019
    12:29am
    Tell your kids "almost a grey hair" that "Productivity" for many of we pensioners is saving our Govn'mt heaps by minding our grandkids so their parents can both work (pay taxes & not claim childcare benefits); help our very elderly parents to stay in their homes for much longer (no need to claim Govn'mt Care subsidy); many become volunteers to their fav cause etc etc. Your kids will eventually appreciate all above & I understand their frustration re not even receiving our $15 pay increase this yr (nor any last yr) - shocking but sadly not unusual.
    musicveg
    6th Mar 2019
    4:57pm
    Typical, then they will brag they have increased welfare, why not scrap the MP's retiring incomes and give pensioners a decent rise so they can live above the poverty line, after all this money will go back in the system and stimulate the economy and create more jobs. I can see pensioners rushing to their nearest cafe to celebrate with their $5 per week extra can get a $5 coffee, celebration will be short lived.
    Dotty
    6th Mar 2019
    5:01pm
    True musicveg!
    Dotty
    Rae
    7th Mar 2019
    7:59am
    Better if they stayed home a month or two and really got the Business council screaming about the fall in retail and hospitality spending. That is the only way you'll get a decent rise. Stop spending on anything but essentials and watch the reactions.
    musicveg
    9th Mar 2019
    1:59am
    I already only spend on essentials, and I am sure many do, retail profits are down already, we need a stimulus package.
    Farside
    9th Mar 2019
    12:14pm
    @Rae, solid tactical thinking but who is listening? Bleating about whatever ails is a poor substitute for action to influence the hearts and minds of the decision makers. But free will is a bitch, especially when combined with self-interest, and unity of purpose among a cohort diverse as the over 60s is not going to happen any time soon.

    And as for those saying to use the retired MP payments to fund welfare increases, well they just do not understand the math – total MP retirement payments represent only about 0.2% of total pension payments.
    Just Cruising
    6th Mar 2019
    5:12pm
    Private Health insurance if you can afford it up at least 4% from April 1st
    *Loloften*
    7th Mar 2019
    12:42am
    Yep....& our Pollies don't give a damn if pensioners who could no longer afford Private Health Insurance have to wait in pain for up to 2yrs to get their probs attended to/hopefully fixed. I know of 2 examples re friends - ie: knee replacements & cataracts, both could no longer drive to help their kids/grandkids as were considered to not be "urgent!?"
    Cowboy Jim
    7th Mar 2019
    10:08am
    Yep _ I just paid our yearly premium to save the increase from April ($228). That will take care of the pension increase.
    Knows-a-lot
    6th Mar 2019
    5:14pm
    So the Lieberal vermin have started pork-barreling already - before an election has even been announced! They really are desperate, but to no avail. They will lose at the ballot box.
    TREBOR
    6th Mar 2019
    11:07pm
    Hmmm - pork-barreling would have been say ... ooooh... $20? This is sort of a slice off the piece of pork ....
    TREBOR
    6th Mar 2019
    11:54pm
    .. BEFORE it went into the barrel....
    almost a grey hair
    6th Mar 2019
    5:15pm
    it just shows you the utter contempt this liberal gov holds for OAP,s. Not he news every day energy costs are soaring , so how much did the energy supply rise to show they have some morals. Yeh thats right zippo nada nil. Vote accordingly EH
    almost a grey hair
    6th Mar 2019
    5:17pm
    energy supplement I meant
    TREBOR
    6th Mar 2019
    11:08pm
    'Ear, 'Ear!! That's the voice of the people!! Vote 'em all out!!
    *Loloften*
    7th Mar 2019
    1:01am
    Smirking ScoMo's trying, in both meanings of the word, as are his colleagues - too late mateys, you've left your run far too late! We "baby-boomers" have changed Aus for the better before & will do it again very soon.
    Cowboy Jim
    7th Mar 2019
    10:19am
    Liberal or Labor you are going to get hit. Income and asset testing was introduced by Labor when Super was introduced. The whole thing was toughened ever since and will continue to be so never mind what party is in Canberra. Most writers in this section won't have to worry in 30 years time so just have a good time with whatever comes your way. Have an upmarket house sell it and live comfortably. Too many people worry about leaving their money to family, windfalls of that nature are mostly wasted.
    Rae
    7th Mar 2019
    4:49pm
    Yes Cowboy I must say that Labor have never done anything for me except Whitlam. He did a lot of good in raising pay, medicare, indoor plumbing etc. and Swann with that $900 check.

    Then again the Liberals have never done anything for me either ever. They stuffed my retirement completely with the deeming changes. No reason either. Nobody has any reason why Hockey did that.
    musicveg
    9th Mar 2019
    2:02am
    Rae, that is why they(big corps and the top earners) got rid of Whitlam because he was helping people, same went with Rudd and his stimulus package, anyone who dares do something to help the lower income people is shot down, even got rid of Malcolm Turnball because of his NEG plan which may have brought energy prices down.
    eggles01
    6th Mar 2019
    5:16pm
    this payment we are getting on the 20th March is not really an increase in the pension,this is a pay back of the living increases for the last 6 months since 20th Sept 2018, so in reality this payment is to cover the increases that we have already paid in that past 6 months,
    some items costs of living are not covered in the cpi are-fuel,electricity,gas as the government claim "they are too volatile" meaning that the costs of these these items cannot be predicted in the future increases and decreases,
    TREBOR
    6th Mar 2019
    11:12pm
    Indeed - you have no idea the number of times I argue here and elsewhere that any 'pay rise' is a catch-up and not an advance in ability to buy etc... ever since there have been wage cases, that has been the case.. wages chase cost of living, and cost of living goes up when workers get a pay rise - a never-ending cycle ... one or the other has to be frozen in order to ensure equity at some point ... and the only solution thus far has been to cut wages and not halt cost of living rises.

    I say freeze costs of living and allow incomes for wage and salary earners to catch up - then we'll talk...

    Otherwise vote the lot out....

    As an after-thought - with wages stagnant for 3-4 years - that's one mighty big catch-up required - and it ain't ten bucks...
    Jannie
    6th Mar 2019
    5:24pm
    What an insult. I cannot understand why pollies when they can retire before the retirement age and get an unbelievable amount for their pensions. Our government is so corrupt.
    Jannie
    6th Mar 2019
    5:26pm
    Forgot to add that the two major parties are the same cannot trust any of them. Tell me how to vote this time around. Labour a definite no and Libs not much better.
    musicveg
    6th Mar 2019
    5:46pm
    Jannie, you need to read the policies of some of the smaller parties and talk to your local independents to decide, also voting below the line helps a lot. Do some research. I have been looking at Sustainable Australia Party, Health Australia Party, Animal Justice party and some local independents. I am yet to decide too.
    Farside
    9th Mar 2019
    12:04pm
    Jannie, it is not corruption by any stretch of the imagination. You could take some basic civics classes to help you better understand how our government works and MPs remunerated.

    It is true the pollie pension has had its day and its original intent has become an irrelevance however until their remuneration packages are redesigned it is what it is within the law. Ideally MP remuneration should be the same as any other civil servant, its superannuation arrangements the same as any other employee and the who process totally transparent however we have some way to go before it is achieved.
    Foxy
    6th Mar 2019
    5:29pm
    lol - yeah don't spend it alllll at once! Tomatoes were $1.53 EACH in Woolies today ! Can afford 6 now instead of 4 ..... wink wink :-)
    musicveg
    6th Mar 2019
    5:47pm
    Was a really bad season for tomatoes this year, even growing them was difficult, I only managed to get a few small bite size tiny tims.
    TREBOR
    6th Mar 2019
    11:15pm
    I had a bumper year for tomatoes - Romas - the week I pulled them out, tomatoes were $10 a kilo. Lucky I've got some mushed in the freezer. In years past we used to have a freezer full of peeled tomatoes out of the gardens... oh, well... of course we were growing around fifty different vegetables at the time... bloody hippies.....
    *Loloften*
    7th Mar 2019
    1:17am
    Foxy - my youngest son/family & nearby friends all got great crops of tomatoes/beans/cucumbers/squashs/capsicums/spring onions+++this yr & I'm still relishing some of 'em. Picked more than a few doz lemons off their trees when they were supposedly "needing to be imported" by the supermkts @ ridiculous costs - they're still producing. Think a lot depends on where one lives, the soil. My own tomato plants were sparse this yr too, live much closer to the city/pollution.
    Rae
    7th Mar 2019
    8:13am
    The pumpkin patch supplied a pile of melons this year. It was astonishing. Everything went to flower and it actually is making me quite frightened. I've seen this before and the following seasons were always difficult. Like a last shot by the plants to produce "babies".

    There was a glut of eggplant too. I'm still getting the last of the yellow Tom Thumbs.

    Herbs and lettuce etc went straight to head and damned if coriander would grow at all here.

    Also lemons. It is a shame they plowed all the citrus groves for ugly housing estates around here in my opinion. My life was so much better and cheaper before all this immigration and globalisation. We even used to get a lobster once a year but now they just fly them out to China straight off the boats. Sigh!

    Only about a quarter of the usual number of bees turned up. Too hot perhaps.
    musicveg
    9th Mar 2019
    2:06am
    Yes Rae, good produce goes to China, and also pushes domestic prices up, but they will always blame the drought for rising prices. You must be getting sick of those eggplants, lucky you, I noticed too how the herbs and lettuce did not do well, managed to get the basil growing but not very big, and no coriander either. Capsicums are hanging in there but not as big as last year. Keep trying.
    Rae
    20th Mar 2019
    2:54pm
    Yes all we can do is try.

    I'm working a patch up today for lettuce. It's a bit cooler so I'm going to try again.

    I'm still finding the humidity stops me after around 40 minutes though when the sweatshirts dripping into my eyes haha. What a Season!
    Returned Serviceman..
    6th Mar 2019
    5:39pm
    Pension up $7.40 and health insurance up $6.40 what will I do with the excess.
    MD
    6th Mar 2019
    6:29pm
    Bite the bullet?
    Arvo
    6th Mar 2019
    11:36pm
    Go to Aldis and buy 1 litre of long life milk for the $1 excess.
    danielboonjp
    6th Mar 2019
    5:51pm
    That's weird, I get $818 a fortnight with the add ons included, which is $100 less, and when the Wife works, I lose money
    Cowboy Jim
    7th Mar 2019
    11:12am
    Tell her to stop working but if she drives you crazy at home not working it is worth the
    loss of a bit of income. You are doing pretty well with your $818 pf for a married bloke as it is almost the single rate.
    adbob
    6th Mar 2019
    7:18pm
    I'm overjoyed.

    My centrelink age pension will rise by 10% - ie from $0 to $0

    I'm so glad I worked and saved as the government and the financial advisers advised me to - now I have to spend the money they told me would top up my "inadequate" centrelink age pension at a rate which is actually less (and th eearnings likely to fall even further) in order to give myself an income which is less than the full age pension.

    So in one breath they tell me I am living below the poverty line.
    In another breath I am so rich that I don't deserve to have the age pension that I paid for.

    One problem is that there is no longer a real Labor Party - the shell of that name was hi-jacked by the neocons Bob everbody's mate Hawke and Paul er y'know Keating - who did to Australia what Maggie Thatcher did to the UK - from the so-called Labor benches. The other side looked on with dropped jaws knowing that they themselves could not possibly have got away with it.

    If you were a member or supporter it was fun watching er y'know Paul's parliamentary performance (which he got away with due to an over-lax speaker) at the expense of John Hewson - one of the more decent people to populate the benches of that otherwise venal party opposite.

    It was great theatre but it masked what was really going on.

    Despite having once been a Labor Party member (when it really was one - or seemed to be) I shall be destroying my ballot paper at the next election - or voting for any independent (not a Green) who will support reversal of ScoMo's (as treasurer) theft of many people's (including mine obviously) part pension (not a squeak from knee-jerk Shorten on that one) and also Shorten's proposed attack on the same people as he casts his net too wide (accidentally of course???) on the same people with his franking credit proposals.

    In the absence of a real Grey Power party or a proper Labor Party what else can anyone do?

    BTW Keating's super system, favouring mainly the very well off with tax breaks, has survived several subsequent pseudo-Labor governments unchanged. Why is the party (or at least the NSW right - who control it) so much in thrall to him still?
    almost a grey hair
    6th Mar 2019
    7:59pm
    I admire your sense of humour, and I believe that the only way to bring back any fairness is to have a universal pension like in first world countries such as NZ. Over there it doesn't matter how much you have wasted or indeed how much you have saved, you get the pension at 65. If you have not been able to save and purchase your own home for any reason then you can get rent assistance for the private rental mkt or you may be able to get housing corp assistance for gov social housing. At the end of the day the population of NZ is ageing rapidly like here and with that they (the old) carry a great deal of clout politically look at grey power.co.nz. The problem here is most Australians are very apathetic and will wait for someone else to speak up and do something such as lobby politicians etc. The only other thing you can do is spend down to get under the line like travel the world , home Renos, buy a more expensive house etc, there will still be people on this site who will still shoot you down due to the green eyed monster jealousy.
    TREBOR
    6th Mar 2019
    11:17pm
    You'd be on near $70k a year as a couple to not get any pension... I did the figures here once - not going to do them again.

    $1400 a week to lolly-gag in the warm sun isn't too bad...
    Rae
    7th Mar 2019
    8:22am
    TREBOR there must be a lot of us eligible for part pensions who haven't bothered claiming. That could change. Labor needs to think very carefully about hitting retirees after the LNP hits we have already copped. There is a capitulation point and things can go pear shaped pretty fast after it's breached.
    OlderandWiser
    7th Mar 2019
    10:41am
    Trebor, where on earth did you come up with that figure? That would be true of income-tested retirees who don't get a pension. Certainly NOT true of the asset tested, who may have gone without conveniences and pleasures for a lifetime to preserve savings for old age, and are now forced to either drain those savings away prematurely or live on far less than the OAP.
    OlderandWiser
    7th Mar 2019
    10:41am
    Trebor, where on earth did you come up with that figure? That would be true of income-tested retirees who don't get a pension. Certainly NOT true of the asset tested, who may have gone without conveniences and pleasures for a lifetime to preserve savings for old age, and are now forced to either drain those savings away prematurely or live on far less than the OAP.
    adbob
    7th Mar 2019
    1:29pm
    @Trebor

    You are wrong (as usual) to apply the couple formula.
    You are also wrong to assume that it is the income test that deprives me of any centrelink age pension.

    The new assets test limit for a single person for a part pension is $567,250
    It's the assets test that affects most people the worst.

    Follow the link in the article between rants and you'll find it.

    ScoMo (as treasurer) doubled the clawback rate forcing many people (including myself) who (foolishly) had worked and saved in order to have a better than mininal retirement income because. Smarter people (like yourself no doubt) could foresee that an Australian government of either compexion (there's hardly any difference) would (alone in the developed world) renege on their obligation to pay age pensions to people who had worked and paid for it by redefining it as welfare and only paying it to those who qualified uner the new regime.

    For those who get it it's one of the most generous in the world - yet still they whinge.
    For those who have wworked and saved and paid for it nbut don't get it it's a bare-faced rip-off.

    Paul er y'know Keating emerges from the woodwork now and again to remind us of how er y'know brilliant (repeat: er y'know brilliant) he was - strangely silent on this one.

    I hope you enjoy yourself spending my money = you've actally got more of it (income-wise) than I have - but please please stop whingeing and stop attacking folk who worked hard in ordinary jobs and have now been ripped off by both major parties.
    OlderandWiser
    8th Mar 2019
    4:10pm
    Well said, adbob. Pensioners actually get more of my money than I do also, but it's not nearly enough for the greedy Labor-supporters who are cheering Labor's proposal to steal even more.

    I currently contribute well over 100% of my annual income to the treasury by not claiming pension. Shorten and his admirers want another 30%, leaving me with far, far less than pensioners receive. It's time the attacks on people like us stopped and pensioners supported our demands for fairness.
    Rae
    20th Mar 2019
    3:00pm
    Yes I worked my 3 to 4 days a fortnight for the taxpayer all my life and get no pension either. Yes I feel ripped off and I have do gooders in the LNP. ALP and Greens to blame.
    Nothing fair about it.

    What hurts most is paying full price for everything, gaps at the doctors, full price everything else and rego on top. I don't get paid a full wage though. Not at all.
    Gil
    6th Mar 2019
    8:54pm
    So simple !!
    Our standard of living is on the down slope with these petty increases (ADJUSTMENTS).
    johndouwe
    6th Mar 2019
    9:20pm
    I have just ordered my mercedes anyone wants to come for a ride ? I am thinking if I leave for a while and come back as a refugee I will be better of even if I tell a stack of lies
    TREBOR
    6th Mar 2019
    11:57pm
    Does it have a fully-stocked liquor bar and a fridge with lobster? We can all party as you drive along... we'll hand you a drink occasionally ...
    *Loloften*
    7th Mar 2019
    1:30am
    A refugee or a politician, both easy here in Aus - altho' that Merc will be classified as an asset if you're a refugee, paid for by us if u're a pollie!?
    Paddington
    20th Mar 2019
    12:37pm
    Have we learnt nothing from the recent NZ tragedy. Don’t rubbish anyone like the refugees. Don’t begrudge anyone a helping hand. Most of us came from somewhere else anyway. It is cheaper to bring th refugees to Australia than house them on Nauru. Be kind!
    BERRYUPSET
    6th Mar 2019
    9:32pm
    saw a poster yesterday
    PAULINE HANSON WANT TO GIVE PENSIONERS A $100(YES$100) RISE!
    PLEASE EXPLAIN!
    Arvo
    6th Mar 2019
    11:41pm
    $100 per year or per fortnight? Please be specific. Is that promise in writing or has she taken a page out Tony Abbott's autobiography how to win elections?
    *Loloften*
    7th Mar 2019
    1:31am
    Hanson doesn't know what she's doing most of the time.....keeps changing "sides!"
    OlderandWiser
    7th Mar 2019
    10:36am
    And how does Hanson propose it be paid for? And what does she propose we do for the 900,000 self-funded retirees who currently have to live on less than pensioners will then receive? Grant them all a part pension too? And pay for that... how?
    OlderandWiser
    7th Mar 2019
    10:36am
    And how does Hanson propose it be paid for? And what does she propose we do for the 900,000 self-funded retirees who currently have to live on less than pensioners will then receive? Grant them all a part pension too? And pay for that... how?
    Lucky Lady
    6th Mar 2019
    10:24pm
    so we still payed an extra 7% in tax for the pension yet the gov still refuses to pay what it should be of at least $500 a week
    TREBOR
    6th Mar 2019
    11:22pm
    The apologists, even that ABC that they say needs 'fixing' (is that like 'fixing a cat' - you know - de-knackering him??) have been coming out for years now and saying that since that 7.5% was folded into consolidated revenue, it is now a myth...something that never was or has vanished in the mists of time .... and yet the tax still remained...

    I've cited here times several the concept that building a dam and folding the water from many streams into it does not remove the responsibility bought and paid for to provide water for those downstream......

    I think that covers it.......
    TREBOR
    6th Mar 2019
    11:28pm
    I reckon full-time carers should cop a full carer pension without consideration of any other income - it costs that much easily and is far cheaper than the much-maligned home services in that other strand today...... and they cost one hell of a lot more... coupla hundred a day for the worker and then at least double that to the contractor - so $400 or so is reached in one day easily for hired help through a contractor, and $400 or so is a seven day experience for the full-timer... (the lifer)....

    The ex's daughter is one of those employees providing home care and she cops, depending on shift, a couple of grand a week. I care for her mother and receive $130 a fortnight... less costs...

    Even the cost of doctor runs is multiplied by about five times the cost of fuel to cover rego, insurance, maintenance, wear and tear, and ultimately need to get another vehicle... etc....
    *Loloften*
    7th Mar 2019
    1:50am
    Trebor - don't get me started on full-time family Carers & their enormous saving of tax-payers' dollars, not to mention the stress/anxiety/sleeplessness/Super $$$$$$ depletion when caring for a terminally ill much loved spouse. Been there, done that - wasn't approved for a Carer's pension/allowance 'til a Palliative Care nurse was so shocked when learned I was rejected that she insisted I apply again/stamped & signed my application & was finally approved after 8yrs - Centrelink aren't the most efficient (nor compassionate) company around, as aren't many these days.
    Realist
    6th Mar 2019
    11:23pm
    Payments made through Age and Service Pensions are projected to increase each
    year. In today’s dollars, spending per person is projected to increase from almost
    $2,000 in 2014-15 to around $3,200 in 2054-55. As a share of GDP, these payments
    are expected to broadly stabilise. This is as a result of the structural changes to
    indexation and age of eligibility proposed in the 2014-15 Budget.

    Age and Service Pension payments are currently equal to 2.9 per cent of GDP. In the
    ‘proposed policy’ scenario, this is projected to stand at 2.7 per cent of GDP in 2054-55,
    when real incomes per person will be much higher.

    ........YEARS................2014-15 2024-25 2034-35 2044-45 2054-55

    Age Pensions - % of GDP ..2.9% ......2.5% .....2.5% ...2.6% .....2.7% (Downward Trend)

    SOURCE: https://static.treasury.gov.au/uploads/sites/1/2017/06/2015_IGR.pdf

    Pension spending as a % of GDP for all OECD Countries as at 2018 7.5%
    AUSTRALIA Lies 6th from the bottom, of 37 “somewhat comparable” Countries!!!

    Source: https://data.oecd.org/socialexp/pension-spending.htm
    *Loloften*
    7th Mar 2019
    1:59am
    Shocked that we're now almost a 3rd world country - can't see it changing in near future.
    jackie
    7th Mar 2019
    11:25am
    The cost of living is higher than that.
    Greg
    9th Mar 2019
    5:18pm
    CPI last figure is 1.9% pa
    Pension increase is 1% and happens twice per year so that's around 2% to cover 1.9% - seems fair to me.
    KB
    7th Mar 2019
    11:28am
    Arvo some of us have no choice but to have health insurance. I have complex health issues . There is long waiting list in South Australia for hip replacements. I have peace of mind when I see a regular specialist with issues. I do not have a car and go without other things.There are probably many other people in the same boat. as for the comment on fruit and vegetables I have heard that there is nothing wrong with frozen vegetables so longas you do not overcooked the vegies. They have longer life span than in store vegetables Or grow your own got o a local market on the day. There are health options compared to eating maccas
    Arvo
    7th Mar 2019
    12:34pm
    KB- So you can afford the gap embedded in private health insurance?
    KB
    7th Mar 2019
    11:28am
    Arvo some of us have no choice but to have health insurance. I have complex health issues . There is long waiting list in South Australia for hip replacements. I have peace of mind when I see a regular specialist with issues. I do not have a car and go without other things.There are probably many other people in the same boat. as for the comment on fruit and vegetables I have heard that there is nothing wrong with frozen vegetables so longas you do not overcooked the vegies. They have longer life span than in store vegetables Or grow your own got o a local market on the day. There are health options compared to eating maccas
    cat
    7th Mar 2019
    11:42am
    Well that should help us all have a better life -not. oh and housing trust will take quarter of that, gee thanks.
    Rocky
    7th Mar 2019
    12:53pm
    If only it would have been 10% so now I can buy a cup of coffee a week thank you
    Aviator
    7th Mar 2019
    8:07pm
    Why are pensioners so ungrateful?
    Triss
    8th Mar 2019
    12:37am
    Pensioners are not ungrateful, Lothario, just realistic. A short time ago the government cut pensions and benefits so this so called increase is just reinstating a small percentage of what was taken. Pensioners are not ungrateful but irritated at pollies who think they are too thick to know they are being conned.
    Reagan
    8th Mar 2019
    12:09pm
    Why are you insulting pensioners LOTHARIO?

    Pensioners have every right to the pension, they worked for it.

    YLC should really take a look at your behaviour.
    OlderandWiser
    8th Mar 2019
    4:04pm
    Those of us who Labor supporters want robbed ALSO worked for our retirement - probably far harder than pensioners, Reagan, but we get nothing and pensioners are cheering a proposal to steal our savings. Maybe Lothario, like me, is fed up with pensioners excusing or cheering such inequity?
    Paddington
    20th Mar 2019
    11:12am
    OGR/OAW, Inequity? A single lady renting is hard up. People like you who own a home and have assets and money are not.
    Even couple pensioners who own their own home are not too badly off. It is not easy but it is doable with watching how we spend our money helps.
    But we don’t have a go at the single pensioner who is homeless saying it is their fault. We don’t look to blame other people for perceived injustices.
    Rearrange your money to make things better for you. The single homeless pensioner has nothing to rearrange!
    professori_au
    8th Mar 2019
    10:02am
    It will be interesting just how much of the increase will be swalled up by, e.g. extra charges for water,electricity and gas increases. How much will real estate or property managers will claim the increased cost will justify an increase in rent or with home owners on a person, an increase in rates, etc. some pensioners will be likely to be worse off. any increases need to be protected from those greedy enough to see an opportunity for their own benefit. The government has avoided pension increases consitent with current costs and still use a forumal that is out of date with reality. We are coming inot winter, let's see just how far pensioners of any sort will be forced to reduce food and other needs just to keep warm and to keep alive.
    Farside
    8th Mar 2019
    2:09pm
    the poverty gap is better addressed by focussing on Newstart and rent support rather than more increases to pensions.

    https://theconversation.com/cut-the-pension-boost-newstart-what-our-algorithm-says-is-the-best-way-to-get-value-for-our-welfare-dollars-108417
    OlderandWiser
    8th Mar 2019
    4:14pm
    Newstart, yes, but why subsidize accommodation for renters and punish people who spent decades struggling to pay off mortgages at hideous interest rates and are now battling with high rates, insurance and maintenance bills? We should NOT be rewarding people for not buying a home. The vast majority could have. I agree with providing very basic government housing for those who need it - NOT subsidizing private rental.
    Farside
    8th Mar 2019
    5:24pm
    Nothing to stop basic government housing for pensioners, indeed some councils provide low income housing. Rental is not restricted to the private sector. Without evidence your statement the "vast majority" of renters could have bought a home is little more than uninformed hyperbole. My observation is that buying a house is a an unattainable goal for the long term unemployed.
    musicveg
    9th Mar 2019
    2:19am
    Yes it is impossible for long term unemployed to even get ahead, once they have that stigma they cannot even get a job no matter what life changes they have made to improve themselves, why many are turning to drugs and crime, lack of cheap housing is a huge concern too, with no where comfortable to live and good food to eat, they cannot even function properly. Raise Newstart and all welfare, reduce pollies pensions to pay for it.
    OlderandWiser
    9th Mar 2019
    8:02am
    As one whose family suffered long term unemployment, disability and illness, AND copped the cost of raising a special needs child, I can tell you, Farside, that buying a house has never been an unattainable goal in Australia, although some of us had a struggle to hang on through a period of hideous interest rates. But that said, my words were 'the vast majority'. The vast majority were not unemployed long term, nor did they suffer sickness, disability, or widowhood. In fact, the vast majority of baby boomers had a bit of parental assistance - something I never had. And it's getting much easier for most with ridiculously low interest rates, though lending has tightened since the Royal Commission and job security is problematical now. (Yet I know a 67-year-old FULL PENSIONER who just had a loan approved to buy a home!)

    Paying rent assistance AND cutting pensions for people who buy a home is NOT helping, and never will. If we continue to incentivize and reward renting and not saving, we will have a nation of renters and non-savers and a minority of wealthy ripping off everyone with no restraint. We NEED prosperity, and to achieve that we need incentives and rewards for responsible lifestyle choices. We also need charity for those who genuinely can't look after their own needs, but charity offers what is NEEDED, not what is WANTED by people with unreasonable expectations - and certainly not better than those providing the charity can afford.

    Currently, pensioners enjoy more income from my savings than I do. I am forced to contribute more than 100% of my annual income to the treasury. Labor wants to steal another 30%. That's NOT sustainable. It's idiotic. And anyone who supports it is either stupid or incredibly selfish. I have given a lot to charity, and I believe strongly that all who can are obliged to support the less fortunate. But we need to reign in the expectations. We've carried the 'help the lame duck' so far that half the damn population are choosing to be lame ducks!

    What those screaming for more welfare don't understand is that they are playing into the hands of the wealthy. Have you not noticed that since welfare increased, the gap between rich and poor has widened? The wealthy love the 'feed the lame duck' mentality. It gives them control. The way to help the poor is to limit handouts (which ultimately are consumed in higher costs that increase profit to the rich) and give them incentives to be independent, and lots of guidance and support to achieve independence.
    OlderandWiser
    9th Mar 2019
    8:02am
    As one whose family suffered long term unemployment, disability and illness, AND copped the cost of raising a special needs child, I can tell you, Farside, that buying a house has never been an unattainable goal in Australia, although some of us had a struggle to hang on through a period of hideous interest rates. But that said, my words were 'the vast majority'. The vast majority were not unemployed long term, nor did they suffer sickness, disability, or widowhood. In fact, the vast majority of baby boomers had a bit of parental assistance - something I never had. And it's getting much easier for most with ridiculously low interest rates, though lending has tightened since the Royal Commission and job security is problematical now. (Yet I know a 67-year-old FULL PENSIONER who just had a loan approved to buy a home!)

    Paying rent assistance AND cutting pensions for people who buy a home is NOT helping, and never will. If we continue to incentivize and reward renting and not saving, we will have a nation of renters and non-savers and a minority of wealthy ripping off everyone with no restraint. We NEED prosperity, and to achieve that we need incentives and rewards for responsible lifestyle choices. We also need charity for those who genuinely can't look after their own needs, but charity offers what is NEEDED, not what is WANTED by people with unreasonable expectations - and certainly not better than those providing the charity can afford.

    Currently, pensioners enjoy more income from my savings than I do. I am forced to contribute more than 100% of my annual income to the treasury. Labor wants to steal another 30%. That's NOT sustainable. It's idiotic. And anyone who supports it is either stupid or incredibly selfish. I have given a lot to charity, and I believe strongly that all who can are obliged to support the less fortunate. But we need to reign in the expectations. We've carried the 'help the lame duck' so far that half the damn population are choosing to be lame ducks!

    What those screaming for more welfare don't understand is that they are playing into the hands of the wealthy. Have you not noticed that since welfare increased, the gap between rich and poor has widened? The wealthy love the 'feed the lame duck' mentality. It gives them control. The way to help the poor is to limit handouts (which ultimately are consumed in higher costs that increase profit to the rich) and give them incentives to be independent, and lots of guidance and support to achieve independence.
    professori_au
    8th Mar 2019
    10:06am
    Also I might add. This increase will not replace what has been already taken away by the goverment over the past few years. There needs to be a major increse if it is to negate the damage done to people's benefits. Rediction I will also point out while the polticians increase their pensions and perks.
    Farside
    8th Mar 2019
    5:26pm
    There are higher priorities than kicking the tin for general pension increases.
    Aviator
    9th Mar 2019
    12:03am
    Name one
    Farside
    9th Mar 2019
    11:54am
    @Lotharion, Newstart allowance which for comparison sake is about 40% less than the OAP. If the OAP is a difficult proposition then those on Newstart are in even more desperate situation. Reducing the poverty gap overall should drive policy as well as reining in pensioner expectations to needs rather than wants or wishes and prioritising the vulnerable.
    OlderandWiser
    9th Mar 2019
    6:28pm
    Spot on, Farside. Especially your last sentence. We need to reign in expectations to needs rather than wants or wishes. And we need to allow people to benefit from work and saving. If we don't, there is neither any prosperity nor hope, and that is a recipe for a very sick society.
    Greg
    9th Mar 2019
    5:22pm
    I don't understand all the whinging on here - this increase is approx 1%, these increases happen twice per year and are always similar percentage increase so in Sept '19 after the second increase it will be approx 2% for the year.

    CPI is around 2% so seems equal to me.
    LJ
    11th Mar 2019
    7:44pm
    Few people seem to realise how radical Labor's new housing taxes are. The cumulative negative effect of the large new tax increases on property, to 'negative gearing' (a ridiculous misleading negative emotive term) and on capital gains (mostly inflation anyhow and as such ought be deducted) is already seeing investors withdraw from providing rental property. As well, developers have also been caused to cancel projects and the building trades and the suppliers who depend on that are cutting back on staff.

    Last time, when Keating interfered with negative gearing the supply of rental property immediately dwindled and rents shot up. The property managers were holding impromptu auctions with prospective tenants on who would pay the highest rent.

    There are already serious suggestions in the media that the aged need to group house like students in cheap rental digs.

    Don't be expecting any flexibility or sympathy when Labor succeeds in their aim to squeeze the small mums and dads investors out of housing and it is all owned by the large institutional investors like global insurance companies that Labor prefers for some whacky idealogical reason.

    Although there is very real doubt that not having been enticed to do it before, those companies would be likely to invest in difficult to manage rental housing. That is, if the profits weren't large and guaranteed by the government (which would require even more taxes).
    Ted Wards
    20th Mar 2019
    10:27am
    Just found out that for any pensioner in aged care residential their fees have increased enough to wipe the rise out. What a wonderful system hey! Greedy for profit business people!
    Realist
    20th Mar 2019
    10:42am
    The Armadale Shire in WA were the first to take almost my entire pension increase - as was expected.

    You see the increase was designed as a way to get OAP to pay for additional revenue to local Gov and other...
    deejay
    20th Mar 2019
    10:54am
    THIS LATEST SO CALLED RISE [ WHAT A JOKE ] IS ALREADY 6 MONTHS BEHIND - EACH RISE IS ALWAYS 6 MONTHS BEHIND - I RECEIVED A MAIL RECENTLY FROM A POLITICAL PARTY ASKING FOR DONATIONS - I MIGHT GIVE THEM THIS LATEST PALTRY INCREASE - AS AN AGED PENSIONER I CAN BARELY COPE WITH ALL THE BILLS COMING IN - I DON'T OWN MY OWN HOME - I HAVE A MORTGAGE WHICH TAKES HALF MY PENSION STRAIGHT AWAY - THEN THERE'S THE RATES - WATER - ELECTRICITY - INSURANCES - AFTER THIS - NOTHING LEFT - I STRUGGLE TO PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE - I NEVER HAVE A HOLIDAY - HAVEN'T FOR 40 YEARS - POLITICIANS LIVE IN ANOTHER WORLD - THEY DON'T HAVE A CLUE - WITH THEIR RIDICULOUS HIGH SALARIES AND PERKS DO YOU THINK THEY REALLY CARE ABOUT US PENSIONERS - THEY GET MORE MONEY FOR THEIR PERKS THAN WHAT WE GET FOR A WHOLE YEARS PENSION - IT'S A BLOODY DISGRACE - PENSIONS NEED TO BE INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY - I HAVE REAL PITY FOR THOSE PENSIONERS WHO HAVE TO PAY RENT - FROM THE PRICE OF RENTAL PROPERTIES AS FAR AS I CAN SEE I HONESTLY CAN'T SEE HOW THEY SURVIVE - IT'S NO WONDER THER ARE MORE AND MORE PEOPLE BECOMING HOMELESS - I DON'T THINK I'M TOO FAR AWAY FROM JOINING THEM - DO POLITCIANS CARE - LIKE HELL THEY DO - THEY ALL LIVE IN THE RITZ'Y SUBURBS - IT'S ABOUT TIME THE PEOPLE GET A BIGGER SHARE OF THE CAKE - TALKING ABOUT CAKE - I CAN'T EVEN AFFORD TO BUY ONE - MAYBE WITH THIS FANTASTIC PENSION INCREASE I MIGHT BE ABLE TO BUY AN EXTRA TIN OF BAKED BEANS - DJ
    deejay
    20th Mar 2019
    10:54am
    THIS LATEST SO CALLED RISE [ WHAT A JOKE ] IS ALREADY 6 MONTHS BEHIND - EACH RISE IS ALWAYS 6 MONTHS BEHIND - I RECEIVED A MAIL RECENTLY FROM A POLITICAL PARTY ASKING FOR DONATIONS - I MIGHT GIVE THEM THIS LATEST PALTRY INCREASE - AS AN AGED PENSIONER I CAN BARELY COPE WITH ALL THE BILLS COMING IN - I DON'T OWN MY OWN HOME - I HAVE A MORTGAGE WHICH TAKES HALF MY PENSION STRAIGHT AWAY - THEN THERE'S THE RATES - WATER - ELECTRICITY - INSURANCES - AFTER THIS - NOTHING LEFT - I STRUGGLE TO PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE - I NEVER HAVE A HOLIDAY - HAVEN'T FOR 40 YEARS - POLITICIANS LIVE IN ANOTHER WORLD - THEY DON'T HAVE A CLUE - WITH THEIR RIDICULOUS HIGH SALARIES AND PERKS DO YOU THINK THEY REALLY CARE ABOUT US PENSIONERS - THEY GET MORE MONEY FOR THEIR PERKS THAN WHAT WE GET FOR A WHOLE YEARS PENSION - IT'S A BLOODY DISGRACE - PENSIONS NEED TO BE INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY - I HAVE REAL PITY FOR THOSE PENSIONERS WHO HAVE TO PAY RENT - FROM THE PRICE OF RENTAL PROPERTIES AS FAR AS I CAN SEE I HONESTLY CAN'T SEE HOW THEY SURVIVE - IT'S NO WONDER THER ARE MORE AND MORE PEOPLE BECOMING HOMELESS - I DON'T THINK I'M TOO FAR AWAY FROM JOINING THEM - DO POLITCIANS CARE - LIKE HELL THEY DO - THEY ALL LIVE IN THE RITZ'Y SUBURBS - IT'S ABOUT TIME THE PEOPLE GET A BIGGER SHARE OF THE CAKE - TALKING ABOUT CAKE - I CAN'T EVEN AFFORD TO BUY ONE - MAYBE WITH THIS FANTASTIC PENSION INCREASE I MIGHT BE ABLE TO BUY AN EXTRA TIN OF BAKED BEANS - DJ
    Cowboy Jim
    20th Mar 2019
    11:07am
    Went down to get a bottle of gin at Dan Murphy's, was $30 last month, now $31.70. reason given was alcohol tax increase which happens twice a year. I know gin is not a necessity but all the other stuff has risen as well, just not as noticeable.
    Paddington
    20th Mar 2019
    11:25am
    Yes, everything has gone up. We try to buy specials as much as possible, starting with half price ones. We save a lot that way. We don’t wait to run out. There is a noticeable cycle of when they place many items on half price.
    PlanB
    20th Mar 2019
    11:23am
    We get an increase twice a year 20th March and 20th Sept and normally the same lousy amount Abbott cut the pensions as soon as he got in and we still have not got that amount back
    TREBOR
    20th Mar 2019
    11:45am
    Heeeey! Haven't we done this one? All these comments are retreads.
    Chrissy L
    20th Mar 2019
    12:34pm
    As a single Part Pensioner I got a $9.90 increase. $9.49 of it has already gone in the increase to my Private Health cover. Wonder what I should spend the other 41cents on? Electricity, rates, water food increases? Decisions Decisions!!!!! What a pathetic joke.
    Lynda
    20th Mar 2019
    12:49pm
    What a bunch of mostly grumpy old men.
    deejay
    20th Mar 2019
    12:54pm
    most politicians are x business operators - they learned how to rip people off during their time running businesses now they are politicians doing the exact same only ripping off more people or figuring ways of how to do that - god help us - dj
    deejay
    20th Mar 2019
    12:54pm
    most politicians are x business operators - they learned how to rip people off during their time running businesses now they are politicians doing the exact same only ripping off more people or figuring ways of how to do that - god help us - dj
    Booboo
    20th Mar 2019
    5:34pm
    I'm so disappointed with the small rise in the aged pension. I know this happens every year around the same time and always prior to an election. Prices will rise in areas within our daily requirements and the pathetic rise will disappear. I'm disgusted with the government and the money that the people in government receive for doing a pathetic job of looking after the people who have paid tax for many years. Greed is a disease. Eliminate the greedy for they care not for the good.
    musicveg
    20th Mar 2019
    6:02pm
    Yes BooBoo, it is disgusting the MP's get a huge pension no matter what their asset's and earnings are and even if they did a good job or not, yet they give a measly increase to pensions saying they cannot afford anymore, what rubbish, just stop the huge payout to greedy retiring MP's and put it where it is needed.
    Greg
    20th Mar 2019
    11:53pm
    Nothing to do with the election, increases happen every March/September and are around 1% each time which equals 2% pa, that's in line with the CPI which is running at 2% pa.

    Sure some things go up, others go down, plenty of grocery items are less, electricals are less, mobile phone plan costs are down, communication costs are down (phone/internet).

    It all works out in the end.
    Not a Bludger
    20th Mar 2019
    6:06pm
    Stop whinging all of you moaners and groaners.
    Just say Thanks to all of we taxpayers who are sticking money (for you) for nothing in your claw.
    And, at least be gracious.
    musicveg
    20th Mar 2019
    6:11pm
    It is not about moaning and groaning, it is about pointing out what is not fair, and what is not fair is your taxpayer dollars are feeding the already rich MP's elitist retiring pensions when they do not even get asset tested! Yet they say they cannot give pensions enough to live off!
    Not a Bludger
    20th Mar 2019
    7:42pm
    OMG musicveg - in life nothing is fair.
    What is pretty good, though, is all you moaners & groaners getting money for nothing in your mitt - just be kind enough to say thanks!
    musicveg
    20th Mar 2019
    8:08pm
    I think you are assuming again NAB. If we do not confront injustice then where will we be? No body is getting money for nothing everyone pays tax it is called GST.
    Greg
    20th Mar 2019
    11:48pm
    musicveg - pensions increase around 1% every 6 months, that's 2% pa, CPI is running at around 2% pa, seems a fair amount to me.
    floss
    20th Mar 2019
    7:13pm
    No pension increase for us ,thanks Joe.
    deejay
    21st Mar 2019
    2:28pm
    HELLO FELLOW AGE PENSIONERS HERE IN THIS GREAT MULTICULTURAL LUCKY COUNTRY AUSTRALIA - OUR AGE PENSION INCREASE FOR 21st MARCH 2019 - WHERE IS IT - I CHECKED MY BANK ACCOUNT THIS MORNING AND THIS AFTERNOON [ MARCH 21st 2019 ] TO SEE IF THIS MASSIVE INCREASE HAD BEEN PUT IN MY ACCOUNT - guess what - nothing - I MAILED CENTRELINK AS TO WHY THIS IS SO - guess what - NO REPLY -- I'VE BEEN HAVING TROUBLE WITH MY NBN SO I MAILED TELSTRA [ been having trouble for months ] guess what - no reply - back to the pension increase - THESE PARASITES ARE ROBBING US - I'LL BET YOU THE INCREASE WILL ONLY COME IN NEXT APRIL CHEATING US OF ONE WEEKS INCREASE - NOT A GREAT AMOUNT OF MONEY BUT THERE GOES MY EXTRA TINS OF BAKED BEANS - HAVE A READ OF THE LINK I'VE POSTED HERE http://a.msn.com/01/en-au/BBV0gQJ?ocid=se YOU CAN SEE WHAT THESE BASTARDS GET UP TO AND WE PENSIONERS [ apart from the few rich ones ] struggle from week in to week out - it's a bloody disgrace and something needs to be done about it - and they give us a measly paltry $10 a fortnight - what a f*****g joke - don't vote for any of them because they're all tarred with same brush - put somebody in there that will fight and get results for a decent pension -[ equal to that of the weekly average wage ] get rid of all these pollies with their sticky hands in the till - no more carting along their families and relatives trudging around the country side and their free overseas trips - oh boy and the list gets longer - it's no bloody wonder we can't get a decent pension increase by supporting these lot - and when they kick the bucket their flaming wives get their pension for life - if i die my wife gets bugger all of my measly pension - time for a revolution and believe me that's what it will take to change things but then again isn't it the same the world over they get a massive share of the cake and we only get the crumbs - sick
    deejay
    21st Mar 2019
    2:28pm
    HELLO FELLOW AGE PENSIONERS HERE IN THIS GREAT MULTICULTURAL LUCKY COUNTRY AUSTRALIA - OUR AGE PENSION INCREASE FOR 21st MARCH 2019 - WHERE IS IT - I CHECKED MY BANK ACCOUNT THIS MORNING AND THIS AFTERNOON [ MARCH 21st 2019 ] TO SEE IF THIS MASSIVE INCREASE HAD BEEN PUT IN MY ACCOUNT - guess what - nothing - I MAILED CENTRELINK AS TO WHY THIS IS SO - guess what - NO REPLY -- I'VE BEEN HAVING TROUBLE WITH MY NBN SO I MAILED TELSTRA [ been having trouble for months ] guess what - no reply - back to the pension increase - THESE PARASITES ARE ROBBING US - I'LL BET YOU THE INCREASE WILL ONLY COME IN NEXT APRIL CHEATING US OF ONE WEEKS INCREASE - NOT A GREAT AMOUNT OF MONEY BUT THERE GOES MY EXTRA TINS OF BAKED BEANS - HAVE A READ OF THE LINK I'VE POSTED HERE http://a.msn.com/01/en-au/BBV0gQJ?ocid=se YOU CAN SEE WHAT THESE BASTARDS GET UP TO AND WE PENSIONERS [ apart from the few rich ones ] struggle from week in to week out - it's a bloody disgrace and something needs to be done about it - and they give us a measly paltry $10 a fortnight - what a f*****g joke - don't vote for any of them because they're all tarred with same brush - put somebody in there that will fight and get results for a decent pension -[ equal to that of the weekly average wage ] get rid of all these pollies with their sticky hands in the till - no more carting along their families and relatives trudging around the country side and their free overseas trips - oh boy and the list gets longer - it's no bloody wonder we can't get a decent pension increase by supporting these lot - and when they kick the bucket their flaming wives get their pension for life - if i die my wife gets bugger all of my measly pension - time for a revolution and believe me that's what it will take to change things but then again isn't it the same the world over they get a massive share of the cake and we only get the crumbs - sick
    musicveg
    21st Mar 2019
    2:51pm
    I agree deejay, the pensions for MP's is robbery, they do not even need it, they are not even asset tested. They live like royalty and have that mentality of entitlement, it makes me sick too that they are letting this country go down because of their greed.