Age Pension increases: 20 September 2019

How much more Age Pension will you receive?

How much more Age Pension will you receive?

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

From 20 September 2019, the following fortnightly pension payment rates apply:

Maximum fortnightly Age Pension payment rates

     Previous   Current   Increase 
 Single  Base  $843.60  $850.40  $6.80
   Supplement  $68.50  $68.90  $0.40
   Energy Supplement  $14.10  $14.10  —
   Total  $926.20  $933.40  $7.20
 Couple (each)   Base  $635.90  $641.00  $5.10
   Supplement  $51.60  $51.90  $0.30
   Energy Supplement  $10.60  $10.60  —

 Total  $698.10  $703.50  $5.40


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  $23.80  $23.90  $0.10
 Couple separated   $23.80  $23.90  $0.10
 Couple (each)  $19.60  $19.70  $0.10


Pension Supplement# minimum amount



 Previous   Current   Increase
 Single  $36.70  $37.00  $0.30
 Couple separated   $36.70  $37.00  $0.30
 Couple (each)  $27.70  $27.90  $0.20

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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    jayzaa
    16th Sep 2019
    3:33pm
    great. They bung up the price of a pack of fags $5 a pack and give us 6.80 a fortnight.

    Gee guys thanks for nothing
    Theo1943
    16th Sep 2019
    6:29pm
    You could give yourself a $40 raise by not buying one pack of fags. I'm certainly glad I gave them away before I became a pensioner.
    Ted Wards
    17th Sep 2019
    9:04am
    jayza that's your choice to waste money on a habit that you could kick. You can hardly blame the government for a retailer putting up prices on luxury items
    Paddington
    17th Sep 2019
    10:21pm
    Actually it not just their choice to kick the habit. The tobacco companies relied on the fact that a certain percentage of people would not be able to escape the addiction. One of those was my older sister who died fully aware she would die rather than give up smoking.
    Never good to judge others!
    Foxy
    20th Sep 2019
    10:11am
    ....... to smokers in this world - I get it! No wonder the "chop-chop" boys are doing super well right now! Serves the Govt. right that people are turning to these "illegal" sellers - cartons of 100 cigs. for $34! Nice for those who smoke!

    The Govt. got "super greedy" and hiked up the cost which drove "smokers" to go underground to source out cheaper products - and make the "chop chop" guys "millionaires" virtually overnight!!

    For those who "damn" smokers - remember this: (those were the days.....haha)

    Majority of movie moguls had their top "stars" chain smoking throughout movie's .....

    Marlboro Man - was a huge hit!

    Disco's/Clubs in the 60's/70's had the scantily dressed Philip Morris and Dunhill girls - with the cig. trays slung over their shoulders walking around giving out free cigs. and branded Bic lighters! Always a "huge buzz" when they arrived on the scene!

    These girls also went to motor racing events - theatre foyers - sporting events etc. etc. ......people "thought" smoking was "super cool"!

    Imagine that in "today's PC world".........

    Kinda' like walking into a music fest. and handing out free drugs/pills and ice in "today's world" - yeah??
    Ted Wards
    20th Sep 2019
    11:01am
    Actually Foxy any habit is a learned behaviour that can be unlearned in less than three weeks.. Keep on telling that story though... that's what keeps the person trapped in that cycle, marketing programming at its best! There are literally thousands of people in Australia and around the world who just simply gave up. Once you loose the desire, you will kick any habit!
    Karl Marx
    20th Sep 2019
    11:27am
    Yes Foxy remember well, even in Woolies you would come across those girls giving out free B&H & walking around the aisles smoking, lol
    Glad I kicked the habit 27 years ago, saved a lot of money lol.
    KSS
    20th Sep 2019
    2:57pm
    Your pension, your decision what you spend it on. All up to you. Smoke if your choose but don't whinge about the cost on the pension.
    Misty
    16th Sep 2019
    3:53pm
    People renting in govt houses will also find their rent will go up with the pernsion increase.
    Theo1943
    16th Sep 2019
    6:37pm
    I understood that the rental will increase by 25% of the increase. Is that not reasonable?
    TREBOR
    16th Sep 2019
    6:38pm
    'nothing in life is free - nothing but the good grace of God...' - True Grit...
    David
    16th Sep 2019
    4:41pm
    In your report on the pension increase you stated the following;
    Couples:
    Pen: $641.00
    Supp: $ 51.90
    Energy: $ 10.60
    Gross: $703.50

    Our actual increase for my wife and myself is;
    Pen: $639.90
    Supp: $ 51.84
    Energy: $ 10.60
    Gross: $702.34

    A total difference of $1.16 less. A $1.10 drop in pension and a $0.06 drop in pension supplement.

    Has anybody else noticed this anomaly?
    Foxy
    16th Sep 2019
    5:42pm
    Great "name" for a Pensioner Political Party David - lol - ever thought about it?
    Theo1943
    16th Sep 2019
    6:28pm
    Hi David, if you pension payment day is today then you will receive the old rate for 3 days and the new rate for 11 days. This will be $1.16 less than 14 days at the new rate. Your next pay will be the full amount.

    Cheers.
    TREBOR
    16th Sep 2019
    6:40pm
    Great background logo for the new party, David and Foxy ...
    Foxy
    16th Sep 2019
    8:47pm
    haha - Trebor - maybe "POP's" Party eh? Pissed Off Pensioners!! wink :)
    TREBOR
    17th Sep 2019
    10:43am
    .. this has merit ......
    sunnyOz
    16th Sep 2019
    4:44pm
    I'm rolling around laughing....above says -

    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.

    So to meet the cost of 'increased daily living expenses', I get an increase of......TEN CENTS a fortnight! $2.60 a year! My rates alone have gone up $52.40 a year.

    Oh well - I suppose they have to leave something in the kitty to pay for their upcoming pay rises.
    Karl Marx
    16th Sep 2019
    5:11pm
    And to supplement the upcoming tax cuts for the rich of the back of those that can least afford it sunnyOz.
    Chooky
    16th Sep 2019
    7:24pm
    Who did you vote for in the May 2019 federal election?
    older&wiser
    17th Sep 2019
    3:27pm
    Agree with you sunny. Cost of insurances, rates, power, etc are getting out of hand. Like you, my Council rates keep going up, with little services. 47% of my Council revenue goes on wages. Chooky, it wouldn't have made any difference who you voted for, no party is genuinely interested in helping seniors, or doing anything about it.
    freed1948
    17th Sep 2019
    6:08pm
    Sunny, someone is having a laugh at us.
    Really!!!! A 5 cent a week increase for the cost daily household expenses.
    Do the bean counters actually believe that this increase is realistic or they
    live in Picasso's cubism???
    jfonshea
    16th Sep 2019
    5:11pm
    WHAT A JOKE 5.70 INCREASE FORA FORTNIGHT AND RICHER PENSIONERS WITH SHARES ARE GETTING BACK PAY AMAZING
    Paddington
    16th Sep 2019
    7:32pm
    Yes, I think there needs to be a difference made in the categories:
    Lowest: single pensioner renting with no money or investments and living from fortnight to fortnight or rather not living...
    Next: couple pensioner with no assets or money or investments solely on the pension who rent
    Next: single pensioner who owns their humble abode but has no spare cash and no other income
    Next: couple pensioner with humble abode with nothing else on full pension

    Get the idea!
    Theo1943
    17th Sep 2019
    10:52am
    Paddington, great idea but......... this is the way it is structured now when you include the Rent Assistance.
    ?????
    MITZY
    17th Sep 2019
    2:26pm
    Paddington - I have said exactly the same thing previously - there are pensioners and there are pensioners. Have written to government about what you are espousing above with no response of course. Its the same with supplements - there are pensioners who have higher electricity costs due to electrical equipment keeping them alive and yet the supplements they receive are a little more but don't any way cover the electricity costs. I guess it would cost the taxpayer a hell of a lot more to pay for the differences. How about the likes of Joyce from Qantas and others paying a higher tax on the income from their bonuses etc. There doesn't seem to be much difference in the amounts of the bonuses handed out to the top executives. Their annual salaries are what is considered they are worth and differ accordingly, but the bonuses are pretty equal among the recipients. How can that be? Did each and every one of them do an equal job in order to be paid those bonuses? In the real world you get a bonus for performing above and beyond ..... how come these executives are all "above and beyond". These bonuses appear to be like getting two annual salaries in the one year! Most are over the $1 million amount.
    sunnyOz
    17th Sep 2019
    3:16pm
    Mitzi, just read where Joyce git paid nearly $24 MILLION last year. I would really like to know how much tax he paid. With a salary like that I bet he has it all set up to pay as little as possible. Bet he is happier paying accountants/solicitor than tax. Obscene salary.
    Paddington
    17th Sep 2019
    10:24pm
    Theo, no it does not do enough where rents rise and people are trapped in the rental market.
    TREBOR
    20th Sep 2019
    2:06pm
    Can't be right - don' cha know those Baby Boomers stole everything from everybody, Black, White or Brindle?? Such a socially poorly-developed lot they need to be put on financial life support via a card system lest they throw all their money away ... and all those Baby Boomers had it so good ... (so good most of the genius level were lucky to ever attend TAFE, let alone Uni ...)

    Got that from a chain-smoking, hyped up kid in a boy racer car with expensive wheels on his way to a party in between holidays to Bali...Just kidding - it's use of hyperbole to make a point ......
    TREBOR
    20th Sep 2019
    2:07pm
    .. make that Black, White, Brindle, Gay, or Female.... bloody men had it all and look at the joint... (LMAO gif implied)...
    Farside
    20th Sep 2019
    4:07pm
    not just the boomers TREBOR, those ageing war gen folk were also in for their chops.
    SuziJ
    16th Sep 2019
    5:12pm
    There's not much I can do with the $8.00 in total ($7.20 + .80 for rent assistance). I thought they were going to give us a larger rise than this paltry amount!
    Foxy
    16th Sep 2019
    5:47pm
    SuziJ .... .80 for Rent Assistance? Is that per fortnight??? Private rental is appalling and going up constantly! .80 cents ......? Do these jerks live in la la land? Ugh!

    Unbelievable ...............
    Paddington
    16th Sep 2019
    6:05pm
    It was supposed to be 2.4% and this certainly is not that!
    SuziJ
    20th Sep 2019
    11:49am
    Foxy, yes the 80 cents is per fortnight. What a joke.

    The last 2 years in September, we received over $10 per fortnight including the rent assistance! What's happened this year? There was an election, that's what it was. They can't afford to give us a decent increase.

    I just hope the increase is a good one in March.

    I pay private rental just so that I can budget. I certainly don't want to be in government housing, yet if you were to apply for bond assistance in NSW, then you'd have to have your name on a list for housing.

    Paddington, on the full rate of pension with rent assistance, if we were to receive a 2.4% increase, we should have received $25.50+ extra per fortnight. The increase without rent assistance would be $22.40+
    Foxy
    20th Sep 2019
    2:58pm
    SuziJ - yep JOKE!! ... and the "pollies" give themselves outrageous pay rises - Dan the Man (Vic) just gave himself one so mega he is now the 2nd. highest paid politician in Oz - 2nd. only to ScoMo!!

    Paramedics - Firefighters - Cops - Hospitality workers etc. crying out for decent pay! To see this jerk poncing around in his HiViz vest and Hardhat on a daily basis is sickening to the core!! I certainly didn't vote for him!

    ...oh and don't even start me on Govt. Housing!! I personally know of a couple of people that have absolutely NO right to be in Govt. Housing! On "Disability" too! haha - yeah right! About as "disabled" as I am (not!) ......

    Some people have been in Govt. Housing for 40 years! Once you in apparently Dept. Housing never come back to see if a person's circumstances have changed! Pathetic!

    An acquaintance also told me of various "dodgy" Drs. that for a cash payment of $500+ - will get you any kind of Govt. Assistance!! Nice!!

    The country is stuffed in more ways than one! Beggars belief!!
    KSS
    20th Sep 2019
    3:02pm
    SuziJ you don't make sense. The same Government has been in power over the last two years. So what is your point?
    Karl Marx
    16th Sep 2019
    5:13pm
    A pee in the bucket compared to the tax cuts for the rich.
    Karl Marx
    16th Sep 2019
    5:19pm
    A pee in the bucket compared to the tax cuts for the rich.
    When it comes to this government, what one hand giveth the other taketh away plus some.
    freed1948
    16th Sep 2019
    6:04pm
    I'm just waiting for the minister responsible to stand up and say: All pensioners will be better off from September the 20th due to an increase in the OAP.
    TREBOR
    16th Sep 2019
    6:42pm
    Once again I recall that cartoon from the late 1970's (I think):-

    Malcolm Fraser:- "You never had it so good!"

    Worker:"- "We Never had it!"

    What has become of the great satirists of yesteryear ... a civilisation gone with the mind....???
    Paddington
    16th Sep 2019
    6:09pm
    If you were to give new start recipients and the poorest pensioners a decent rise the economy would get a big boost. That seems like a good idea, doesn’t it?
    No imagination this government!
    TREBOR
    16th Sep 2019
    6:43pm
    Shhh - you'll wake up the LNP .....
    Misty
    16th Sep 2019
    6:32pm
    what would you expect from the LNP people are getting what they voted for yet i cant find anybody who voted for them and what a lier our PM is turning out to be dosent he think that people have noticed i dont think the pension has even gone up 50.00 dollars in the last 6 years that this lot have been in yet there pay has gone up more than 50.000 dollars in that time when are we going to have the pension increased to one third of average weekly wages like they have done in NewZeland????
    TREBOR
    16th Sep 2019
    6:45pm
    I've grown into the suspicion that elections are not real, and the artifice of popular voting is just that - an artificial edifice, behind which the real coins are tossed to see who out of the political lot will get a gig this time...

    Sometimes the results simply cannot be for real... You cannot be SERIOUS!

    (always laugh at that one - Chinese lady I know from Malaysia knows that umpire - former SAS parachute instructor... what a hoot..)
    Misty
    17th Sep 2019
    12:40am
    Don't know who this Misty is above but I certainly never posted the comment above.
    TREBOR
    17th Sep 2019
    10:44am
    kind of a Play Misty For Me thing?
    Misty
    17th Sep 2019
    12:24pm
    This problem has been solved, gremlins in my house.
    TREBOR
    20th Sep 2019
    2:09pm
    Watch those gremlins - got three myself - brown haired boy, blonde girl and brunette girl between five and twelve ... and all computer literate ...
    Misty
    20th Sep 2019
    4:36pm
    Yes Trebor, my sisters grandson, aged 7, actually bought $500.00 worth of games on the computer using his dad's credtit card, dad of course had to ring up and cancel the order and my 2, aged 8 and 9 are forever on their tablets and desktop looking up things they want gran to buy them for XMAS etc.
    TREBOR
    16th Sep 2019
    6:38pm
    (repeat) A loaf of bread, a jug of water, and thee!!

    Arrrgh - just compensation for the increase in beer excise... aaaargh ...
    Mary
    16th Sep 2019
    7:28pm
    I think we can agree the govt will increase excise. We fight together and in exchange anyone over 60 retired will not pay Gst on anything. If they baulk at that we can all get together and threaten to live 20 years longer. That would work... hmmm maybe not :)
    TREBOR
    17th Sep 2019
    10:47am
    Yes, Mary - I've long considered that pensioners and lower level retirees should should have a GST exempt card...

    Of course - GuvCo (Federal Branch) will retort that 'a job is the best form of "welfare" ... so get all the old bastards and the disabled out in that cotton field and picking fruit NOW!!

    Actually got my bid in for a job or two at the moment.. only 70...
    TREBOR
    17th Sep 2019
    10:48am
    Heeey - my piccie above keeps changing between two.... the cat and the truck with the TREBOR extra strong peppermints ...
    Misty
    17th Sep 2019
    11:27am
    And who is the one without a piccie at all?.
    TREBOR
    17th Sep 2019
    2:48pm
    Piccie only shows on posts I initiate - not on ones I simply answer... watch those gremlins.. they come in all shapes and sizes...

    Seems to have stabilised on the truck now...
    morrowj1122
    16th Sep 2019
    6:47pm
    Face it, nothing for the better ever happens to our mob and no matter what Party is in Government,they will not give a rat's behind. Hmmm, how will I spend this pittance??
    KSS
    20th Sep 2019
    3:05pm
    If you don't want it you can always hand it back.
    ronloby
    16th Sep 2019
    6:54pm
    As I have said before, they are only out for their own pockets and bugger the rest. This mob of so-called politicians do not care about Australia at all. It's all about ME, ME ,ME what is in it for me!. I think the G.G should dissolve Parliament and start again. Not that would likely make aNY DIFFERENCE.
    Triss
    16th Sep 2019
    7:28pm
    But they can give BUPA taxpayer funding of half a billion dollars. Rewarding them for decades of inferior elderly care and cutting every dollar they can until residents are living in squalor. And that’s only one elderly care company. How much money are we actually throwing down the toilet.
    TREBOR
    17th Sep 2019
    10:53am
    If the 'private business' paradigm is so much more efficient - WHY DOES IT NEED GOVERNMENT HANDOUTS??
    Triss
    17th Sep 2019
    2:35pm
    It doesn’t BUPA profits were many billions of dollars.
    Farside
    18th Sep 2019
    11:39am
    Triss, you should understand that income is different to profits. Bupa locally reported a loss of $132.4 million last year despite the government funding.
    TREBOR
    20th Sep 2019
    2:15pm
    Ah - once again, it';s all in how you cook the books... meanwhile the CEO takes home millions and his family all share out of the largesse to the tune of millions... via a network of companies (dare I call them 'shell' companies?).

    Remember - Slim Mehajer the Greatest Salim I of Auburn, had a sister who copped millions on the side before a sod was turned for 'administrative consulting' via a 'company'... good work if the government continues to allow it... when these scum go 'broke' in business and refuse to pay their tradies, buyers and debts, that money is sacrosanct and cannot be recovered since it was a 'legitimate business cost'.... ROFL emoticon gif implied)....

    We see here the simultaneous need for a more rigidly regulated society for SOME, while at the same time seeing the clear reason for the advent of despotic governments/societies as many times in history... this kind of thing is the fertile ground that breeds revolution from either 'left' or 'right' (the difference being about zero since the top dogs always prosper either way).
    Mad as Hell
    16th Sep 2019
    8:46pm
    Just give me back that was stolen by the changes to the Pensioner Assets Test.
    TREBOR
    17th Sep 2019
    10:52am
    .. don't forget the theft of the retirement fund paid for out of income tax, and then there's the non-national Future Fund offshored by stealth and limited to a few recipients ......

    How many billions must these kinds lift from the national treasury before the people wake up?
    older&wiser
    20th Sep 2019
    1:29pm
    Trevor - agree. I am not that senile and old that I don't remember my first job in early 70's, being shown a big white-board explaining the tax system, and how 7% would be set aside for our retirement fund. When Keating talked about super in the early 90's, I assumed I would have a nice little amount to go forward with. But then I found it had been stolen from me and I had nothing. Had I not been lied to perhaps I would have been putting something aside for my retirement. To make matters worse in the mid 90's I had to leave work to care for a elderly parent do some years. Returning to work had to start in low paying jobs, so had minimal super when my body told me to go on Aged Pension.
    TREBOR
    20th Sep 2019
    2:18pm
    Know the feeling - I was on $100k pa in 1990 - equal to maybe $300k today - and the clowns running the show drove it off a cliff leaving many stranded - had to go back to work for $10 an hour... too much fandango and getting too old to know much, apparently, and too many others needing to be put first ..
    Farside
    20th Sep 2019
    4:19pm
    O&W lucky you had someone explain the 7% to you, but unfortunate you never followed up when it stopped being shown on your payslip. When I started work in the mid-70s there was no such explanation and it was not detailed on my pay advice or employment contract so I never relied upon it. Fortunately I joined a company in 1981 that had mandatory defined benefit super so all good. Would be stuffed today if I was relying upon that 7%.
    Jem
    17th Sep 2019
    8:58am
    What an insult! What a joke!
    Ted Wards
    17th Sep 2019
    9:12am
    I wonder how this compares to other countries welfare payments? Im sure someone will know. Sometimes we get so used to what we receive (not given), we loose sight of how lucky we are, or not, I guess it depends on how you look at it. If your only grumble is beer and cigarettes then maybe , just maybe, the issue is not the payment, but how its used. Yes you have the right to buy these things, but remember, it is your choice on how you spend the money. Although according to an earlier article this may also become a thing of the past when payments are replaced with the credit card or whatever they are calling it.
    Misty
    17th Sep 2019
    10:00am
    Shades of George Owell I think, I was listening to a discussion on TV about all pensioners being drug tested and using the welfare card even though this has failed in other countries where it has been trialled. People will find ways to swop their card for money to buy, drugs, alcohol etc so what is the point?, a humiliating process for people to have to go through just to survive.
    McDaddy
    17th Sep 2019
    12:54pm
    https://startsat60.com/money/retirement/pension/age-pension-australia-poverty-retirement
    Farside
    18th Sep 2019
    11:46am
    https://www.oecd.org/social/expenditure.htm
    https://www.oecd.org/australia/PAG2017-AUS.pdf
    https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/02/retirees-in-these-countries-receive-100-of-a-working-salary/
    Misty
    18th Sep 2019
    1:00pm
    Tried the link weforum.org and was told this site cannot be reached.
    Misty
    18th Sep 2019
    1:08pm
    McDaddy and Farside, is it possible for you both to give a short summary of the articles listed on the websites you have posted above?.
    Farside
    19th Sep 2019
    1:26am
    Misty, you will need to copy the whole url into your browser else just go to the world economic forum site and search. Competitiveness of oz pension scheme has been discussed previously if you don't wish to read the research.
    TREBOR
    20th Sep 2019
    2:20pm
    Even Cuba has a better system - albeit that wages/salaries may not be that good - the best of the last five years work is your pension level... retirement at 60 and for military and police 55 ...
    KSS
    20th Sep 2019
    3:12pm
    Seriously! Cuba! That sun drenched Carribean Island where people live in literally tumbling down housing, where rationing is still in situ, where basic comidities are not available, where medicines are in constant short supply, where you are lucky to see a med student never mind a GP (the qualified docs all go to South America)? But hey, the pension is 'good' right TREBOR? Off you go then.
    Foxy
    20th Sep 2019
    4:52pm
    ... thought Cuba was doing ok now that they back in the fold of the U.S. etc.?

    Rolling Stones were even allowed in a couple of years ago - just about all of Cuba turned out to see them! First rock n roll band ever allowed in there! Go Mick!! :) :)
    Billy
    17th Sep 2019
    12:30pm
    I doubt whether any government departments get to read these comments - not interested. My comment on this award is just 'what a load of crap'. It's no wonder some people turn to crime and corruption.
    TREBOR
    20th Sep 2019
    2:22pm
    No wonder the unemployed turn to crime, drug running and dealing, and the black market ...

    Maybe the Robberdebt paradigm has a component labeled 'black market inferred' - meaning that surely everyone on social security has extra income at a calculated extra percentage... ergo they are robbing the till!
    thommo
    17th Sep 2019
    1:03pm
    agree with jayzaa,my choice to smoke,and 2 cans per day,i'm 70 in january,and have had a bloody good life,longer than a lot of others i know,so theo,i'm enjoying myself all the way!!!
    TREBOR
    20th Sep 2019
    2:23pm
    70 this year - the Reaper and I have squared off a few times - at this stage I'm still chasing an uncle for Highest Age in the family - he was a copper - must be something in that job... oh - hang on - the famous NRL referee made 83... buggar.... forgot him...
    older&wiser
    17th Sep 2019
    3:31pm
    My how the other half get increases. Just saw on news that some Victorian MP's got increase of 11.8% today.
    TREBOR
    20th Sep 2019
    2:24pm
    Surely they earned it.. Age of Entitlement,y' know..
    Veritas
    18th Sep 2019
    10:37am
    jayzaa, try E-Cigs, I quit tobacco and only use them now. Costs me about $30 a week. I buy them from NZ. Easypuff. Best thing I ever did - 10 years now.
    Veritas
    18th Sep 2019
    10:37am
    jayzaa, try E-Cigs, I quit tobacco and only use them now. Costs me about $30 a week. I buy them from NZ. Easypuff. Best thing I ever did - 10 years now.
    Veritas
    18th Sep 2019
    10:37am
    jayzaa, try E-Cigs, I quit tobacco and only use them now. Costs me about $30 a week. I buy them from NZ. Easypuff. Best thing I ever did - 10 years now.
    Veritas
    18th Sep 2019
    10:38am
    jayzaa, try E-Cigs, I quit tobacco and only use them now. Costs me about $30 a week. I buy them from NZ. Easypuff. Best thing I ever did - 10 years now.
    Karl Marx
    18th Sep 2019
    12:18pm
    E cigs are proving to be just as bad as tobacco. Better to stop completely if possible. E-cigs are also illegal in some countries so if travelling check out the legality.
    Veritas
    18th Sep 2019
    1:50pm
    No they are not illegal anywhere Karl Marx,you can smoke in any country, ergo you can use e-cig -fact. No-one is saying they are a health aid, but much better than tobacco. Turned out also that the people who died from vaping (different from e-cigs) were using cannabis oil sometimes laced with cocaine or other illicit drugs immersed in olive oil - how dumb can you get. Vaping oil is nothing like olive oil, but the whole industry is tarnished because of these few idiots.
    Karl Marx
    18th Sep 2019
    2:30pm
    Veritas, e-cigarettes are a form of vaping. They are illegal in Thailand & you can face up to 10 years in jail. Like I said before if travelling check out the legality in the countries you visit.
    https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/thailand-vape-ban-travellers-10-year-prison-e-cigarettes-use-bangkok-holidays-uk-a7893981.html
    https://vaping360.com/vape-news/77272/tourist-in-thailand-arrested-fined-jailed-and-deported-for-vaping/
    Veritas
    19th Sep 2019
    3:47pm
    Karl Marx, I stand corrected. But I do think this is shortsightedness by their governments.
    E-cigs are so much better than tobacco - I am living proof.
    TREBOR
    20th Sep 2019
    2:25pm
    The best way to break a bad habit is to drop it hard....

    ......(not to be confused with 'the best form of welfare is a job - get all those old bastards back in harness NOW! or the country'll go broke')...
    KSS
    20th Sep 2019
    3:15pm
    They have just been banned in New York because of deaths caused and new respiratory diseases as a consequence of ecigs and camping.
    KSS
    20th Sep 2019
    4:18pm
    That should be vaping not camping!
    Foxy
    20th Sep 2019
    5:48pm
    ......... vaping and camping - 2019 version of "Glamping".... lololol
    turtle
    20th Sep 2019
    10:22am
    Just get on with your lives, there are people worse off !!!!!
    TREBOR
    20th Sep 2019
    2:27pm
    Yeah - but think about the last guy.. this cat is so far down he can't even find a truck to run over him... lays his head on the railroad track, waiting for a Double EE.. train don't run by her no more...
    TREBOR
    20th Sep 2019
    2:27pm
    .. HERE no more... dammit ...
    TREBOR
    20th Sep 2019
    2:29pm
    In another vein - read book about the last drought - titled "The Horses Too Are Gone"... maybe we need a "The Trains Too Are Gone"..... can't imagine all those trucks use less fuel than a single train....
    johninmelb
    20th Sep 2019
    10:41am
    Same tired old comments over and over again.

    When are you going to learn that it is NOT going to change, no matter what colour of government. They all know you can and more importantly WILL do nothing but sit on your backsides and whinge.

    Well you can whinge till the cows come home because until you rise up and put the fear of god into these recalcitrant politicians, learn to live with it and stop complaining.
    Misty
    20th Sep 2019
    11:58am
    The young ones have the right idea, going on strike today for Climate Change, they are the voters of the future so govts of all persuasions had better take note, maybe we pensioners hould join forces with them for a pension increase that means something.
    inextratime
    20th Sep 2019
    2:08pm
    You wanna push my wheelchair Johnny ?
    KSS
    20th Sep 2019
    3:20pm
    And everyone of them recording the event on their mobile phones and wanting to be collected at the end of the day by Mum in the 4x4 taken to heated homes with all mod cons supplied by products from the origins of the evil fossil fuel companies right Misty?
    Misty
    20th Sep 2019
    4:46pm
    Some maybe KSS but certainly not all of them, better get used to it because this is the way the young generation will vote in the future, it was a world wide rally not just Australia.
    Ted Wards
    20th Sep 2019
    10:59am
    Got notification this morning that because of the pension increase there will be an increase in aged care service fees and residential aged care fees for the elderly which will actually make them worse off than before the increase. Well done government, you give a rise to get more back in fees and services!
    Karl Marx
    20th Sep 2019
    11:29am
    What one hand giveth, the other taketh away. And more
    TREBOR
    20th Sep 2019
    2:32pm
    Yes - that sector is struggling to make ends meet... you won't catch me there.... EVER!
    Arvo
    20th Sep 2019
    5:21pm
    "Well done government, you give a rise to get more back in fees and services!"
    Ted Wards- Are you suggesting that the government is a pack of leaners?
    Paws
    20th Sep 2019
    11:46am
    Whoopee. A pension increase. How are we supposed to live on that when a single everyday item in the supermarket can go up by that amount. Then you have all the utilities.
    floss
    20th Sep 2019
    12:22pm
    Can't remember the self funded retirees ever getting a pay rise in fact my income is dropping at a fast rate just because I did the right thing and planned my retirement so that I would not be a burden on the system, silly me.
    Misty
    20th Sep 2019
    1:07pm
    And if interest rates keep droping the way they are predicting thedre will be more SFR going on the govt pension.
    Misty
    20th Sep 2019
    1:08pm
    Please excuse the spelling error.
    TREBOR
    20th Sep 2019
    2:33pm
    Boom and bust - that's what happens when you buy into a banana republic economy and trust it to be stable...
    billy boy
    20th Sep 2019
    12:55pm
    I can now buy a, large jar of vegemite,
    just ;)
    Arvo
    20th Sep 2019
    5:16pm
    One loaf of high fibre sliced bread , per week. Whoopee!!
    inextratime
    20th Sep 2019
    2:06pm
    While Mr Andrews, the state Labor leader gets a pay rise of $47k per year to become the second highest paid politician in Australia on close to 1/2million a year, pensioners get a $3.60 per week rise to assist with skyrocketing power bills. If it was not so sad it'd be hilarious.
    Arvo
    20th Sep 2019
    5:13pm
    It's outrages!!
    Fisherman
    20th Sep 2019
    2:14pm
    Meanwhile, in Victoria, the MP's get 3.5% pay increase and the premier, ministers and opposition leader get 11.8% increase. We get the bets politicians money can buy and they wonder why we don't trust their governments?
    Misty
    20th Sep 2019
    4:49pm
    Well somebody must think they are doing a good job, Federal as well as State Govtas as they keep getting voted back in.
    Arvo
    20th Sep 2019
    5:06pm
    The decision was made by the Independent Remuneration Tribunal.

    Perhaps it's time all OAP bi-annual pension increases be decided by an Independent Remuneration Tribunal instead of the Federal government?

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-17/victorian-premier-to-become-highest-paid-state-leader-pay-rise/11520214
    VeryCaringBigBear
    20th Sep 2019
    4:55pm
    Many people working only dream of earning those amounts of money. No wonder we have so many now on welfare. Why work when you get more if you don't?
    Arvo
    20th Sep 2019
    4:57pm
    The CPI rose 1.3 per cent per cent through the year to the March quarter 2019, after increasing 1.8 per cent through the year to the December quarter 2018.
    In September 2019 the OAP increase represents a meager increase of 0.8061% ($6.80) and the Supplement a whopping 0.584% ($0.40) per fortnight.

    Pension increases are linked to prices and wages while allowance increases are linked to the Consumer Price Index. The Australian Bureau of Statistics evaluates these increases based on changes in the Consumer Price Index (CPI), Male Total Average Weekly Earnings, and the Pensioner and Beneficiary Living Cost Index.

    https://www.abs.gov.au/Ausstats/abs@.nsf/Latestproducts/6467.0Main%20Features2Jun%202019?

    Check out the above ABS website report and ask yourself, "Is this government having a lend of us all or not?"
    David
    20th Sep 2019
    5:13pm
    Something that many don't realise and attribute the wrong meaning to is that Sodom and Gomorrah were not destroyed because of their sexual deviances. But because they persecuted the poor and needy, the weak in society.

    Ezekiel 16:49-50 “‘Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. 50 They were haughty and did detestable things before me. Therefore I did away with them as you have seen."

    The greatest sin of Sodom and Gomorrah was that they were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help, but persecuted and disregarded the poor, the weak and the needy.

    Because of this sin" they were destroyed by YHWH El Eyon (the Most High God, creator of heaven and earth).

    Therefore, take care, you who are in power, you who reign upon the earth, that you do not become guilty of "this same sin" that destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah in ancient Israel.

    Because as surely as YHWH El Elyon destroyed them for committing this sin, so too, He is able to destroy you.
    Arvo
    21st Sep 2019
    12:09pm
    Destruction of mankind is not God's work, it's mankind's work. Destruction of of life in the universe is not God's work, it's as a result of inharmonious physics and chemistry in conflict. Mankind has always been in conflict with each other just like the elements in the universe.

    Did God create all of this? Depends on what God is ,but nobody really knows, except those who delude themselves to believe that god is a being who talks to them.

    Those who use God to intimidate others to submit to fear of destruction are the real immoral sinners.