Pension increases – 20 March 2016

In accordance with indexation Age Pension payment rates will increase.

Pension savings in a bowl

In accordance with indexation, Age Pension, Disability Support Pension and Carer Payment rates will increase. From 20 March 2016, the following pension payment rates will apply:

  

Maximum pension payment rates

Previous

Current

Increase

Single

Base

$788.40

$794.80

$6.40

Supplement

$64.50

$65.00

$0.50

Energy Supp.

$14.10

$14.10

-

Total

$867.00

$873.90

$.6.90

Couple (each)

Base

$594.30

$599.10

$4.80

Supplement

$48.60

$49.00

$0.40

Energy Supp.

$10.60

$10.60

-

Total

$653.50

$658.70

$5.20


The Energy Supplement (formerly the Clean Energy Supplement) is no longer subject to indexation and will remain at the rate of $14.10 for singles and $10.60 for each eligible member of a couple. 

Pension Supplement* basic amount

Previous

Current

Increase

Single

$22.50

$22.70

$0.20

Couple separated

$22.50

$22.70

$0.20

Couple (each)

$18.60

$18.70

$0.10

Pension Supplement# minimum amount

Single

$34.60

$34.90

$0.30

Couple separated

$34.60

$34.90

$0.30

Couple (each)

$26.10

$26.30

$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

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    Young Simmo
    21st Sep 2015
    10:17am
    So we get a $10.20 increase, I'm not sure if that will cover my immediate problems. Can somebody tell me if we get any assistance with dental? Yes I will ask Centrelink latter today but thought I would run it past here. I need 3 teeth out and a bottom plate.
    particolor
    21st Sep 2015
    10:42am
    As far as they are Concerned Your Teeth can fall out ! Eat Soup :-)
    And $10.20 is a little better than $10.10 !! :-)
    Charlie
    21st Sep 2015
    11:13am
    If you are on age pension contact the hospital dental service. There is a waiting list that you need to get on as soon as possible. Also age pension or health care card you may qualify for emergency dental treatment if you have pain, cavities or broken teeth or excessive wear.
    Young Simmo
    21st Sep 2015
    11:21am
    Thanks Charlie, excessive ware in the extreme is the situation.
    particolor
    21st Sep 2015
    11:21am
    I asked Charlie and there is a 4 Year waiting list here !! :-( And I've been on it for 6 Years ?? :-( :-(
    PlanB
    21st Sep 2015
    12:24pm
    Good luck with that Simmo, the false teeth will not ever be right and they really do not care a hoot if you have to eat through a straw, I know a few people that have has their teeth done on the public system and they went through hell.
    It is very expensive but I go to my own Dentist and never have a problem
    MICK
    21st Sep 2015
    12:45pm
    You'd think pensioners could afford to chip in for occasional dentists. Are things really that bad?
    Young Simmo
    21st Sep 2015
    1:34pm
    Typical Mick comment, go back and read it again, I'm not asking for a freebie, just enquiring if there is any assistance.
    But then I am not a UNION BLUDGER.
    Charlie
    21st Sep 2015
    1:34pm
    Questions about waiting lists: When I reached age pension I had to wait for 1year and then got a voucher where they did $1000 fix up work. During that year I had a broken tooth and they fixed it under emergency dental.
    Before this I was on disability pension for 7years and got nothing. I went to a private dentist and he found about $20,000 worth of work that was needed. I went to the hospital and they said I had nothing that needed fixing.
    Adrianus
    21st Sep 2015
    2:28pm
    mick why be so uncaring? Not everyone is as well off as a union boss like you and mangomick and geomick. Spare a thought for the decent people who are not greedy but just in need of some spirit lifting kindness. Geesh....I cant even believe I'm giving these union leaners advice? It's like trying to teach a basenji to bark!
    Young Simmo
    21st Sep 2015
    3:24pm
    Yeh Frank, you can measure these commenters intelligence buy what they write.
    On a scale of 1 to 100, I give that Mick creep some where around 1 to 2, where 100 is normal. For some reason I am in an unusually generous mood .
    Hasbeen
    21st Sep 2015
    3:38pm
    Local hospitals in Qld hold half their capacity daily for emergency work. It is a bit of a bun fight though.

    They take phone calls as soon as the staff arrive & 8.00 AM, & book patients for immediate treatment on that day, in the order they receive calls. The places don't last long, so you have to be repeat dialling from before 8.00 AM I am told.

    You can't fault the service at our local. One neighbour had all his lower teeth removed, & a plate made. When he had trouble eating with the plate they did an insert operation, & screw in pins the plate now clips to.

    He can't praise them enough.
    Adrianus
    21st Sep 2015
    3:39pm
    Trouble is Young Simmo they don't know what the true blue Aussie Battler looks like anymore because the helping hand of our social security network is offered to those who don't really need it, in return for their vote.
    I have never received money from Centrelink but I know people who are better off who do, and I think its criminal. By using welfare in that way it deprives the true Aussie battler.
    chertl
    21st Sep 2015
    5:24pm
    If you live in Brisbane ring the Dental Hospital in the city who will in turn put you through to the clinic in your area. Then you go in and have a check up and are given an app to have something done. I am on the nth Brisbane side so I go to the Sandgate clinic which is not far from the station if you don't have transport. I have had full dentures made but had trouble with the bottom ones and went back twice till they got it right. You can also go to the Dental School at the Tafe in Sth Brisbane where the students work under their teachers. Hope you found this helpful.
    chertl
    21st Sep 2015
    5:24pm
    If you live in Brisbane ring the Dental Hospital in the city who will in turn put you through to the clinic in your area. Then you go in and have a check up and are given an app to have something done. I am on the nth Brisbane side so I go to the Sandgate clinic which is not far from the station if you don't have transport. I have had full dentures made but had trouble with the bottom ones and went back twice till they got it right. You can also go to the Dental School at the Tafe in Sth Brisbane where the students work under their teachers. Hope you found this helpful.
    chertl
    21st Sep 2015
    5:24pm
    If you live in Brisbane ring the Dental Hospital in the city who will in turn put you through to the clinic in your area. Then you go in and have a check up and are given an app to have something done. I am on the nth Brisbane side so I go to the Sandgate clinic which is not far from the station if you don't have transport. I have had full dentures made but had trouble with the bottom ones and went back twice till they got it right. You can also go to the Dental School at the Tafe in Sth Brisbane where the students work under their teachers. Hope you found this helpful.
    chertl
    21st Sep 2015
    5:24pm
    If you live in Brisbane ring the Dental Hospital in the city who will in turn put you through to the clinic in your area. Then you go in and have a check up and are given an app to have something done. I am on the nth Brisbane side so I go to the Sandgate clinic which is not far from the station if you don't have transport. I have had full dentures made but had trouble with the bottom ones and went back twice till they got it right. You can also go to the Dental School at the Tafe in Sth Brisbane where the students work under their teachers. Hope you found this helpful.
    chertl
    21st Sep 2015
    5:24pm
    If you live in Brisbane ring the Dental Hospital in the city who will in turn put you through to the clinic in your area. Then you go in and have a check up and are given an app to have something done. I am on the nth Brisbane side so I go to the Sandgate clinic which is not far from the station if you don't have transport. I have had full dentures made but had trouble with the bottom ones and went back twice till they got it right. You can also go to the Dental School at the Tafe in Sth Brisbane where the students work under their teachers. Hope you found this helpful.
    chertl
    21st Sep 2015
    5:24pm
    If you live in Brisbane ring the Dental Hospital in the city who will in turn put you through to the clinic in your area. Then you go in and have a check up and are given an app to have something done. I am on the nth Brisbane side so I go to the Sandgate clinic which is not far from the station if you don't have transport. I have had full dentures made but had trouble with the bottom ones and went back twice till they got it right. You can also go to the Dental School at the Tafe in Sth Brisbane where the students work under their teachers. Hope you found this helpful.
    particolor
    21st Sep 2015
    7:10pm
    Can only find $7 up there ?? Am I missing something ? I found a Loaf of Cheap Bread a Week ! :-)
    MICK
    21st Sep 2015
    9:56pm
    I have to laugh. Seriously.
    "Uncaring" from Frank the Liberal Party hack who was denouncing Turnbull as a Labor Party plant a few weeks ago. What now Frank? No job now that Abbott is gone. Troll factory downsized?
    Young Simmo: your post did sound like the hand out.
    TREBOR
    21st Sep 2015
    10:20pm
    Soft buttered toast with soup - that'll fatten you up.
    Young Simmo
    21st Sep 2015
    11:11pm
    Mick don't go from Kindergarten to first year at school when you finish this Xmas, redo Kindy and you will have a better chance. Take Potato head with you.
    carmencita
    27th Sep 2015
    8:10pm
    Dental care is state funded. Inquire from your state Dental Service.
    KB
    20th Mar 2016
    1:16pm
    Check with your dental services in your state. The maximum charge for any dental work is 155. If you are in pain the dental health services will take you straight away. Majority of dentists will take concession cards and you can pay instalments if money is an issue.
    MICK
    22nd Mar 2016
    12:29pm
    From the real 'mick': Wow....$6.90 per fortnight. Not even enough for a cup of coffee. Perhaps ask the PM about how much he will get since he has announced a decrease in the company tax rate (I said this was coming). Oh yes.....we had a "Budget emergency"? Remember? What happened to that? You don't fix a budget emergency by lowering taxes for the rich....unless you hit average citizens really hard. Guess what is coming! Vote accordingly or enjoy the fruits of your 'rights'.
    Good luck.
    particolor
    22nd Mar 2016
    7:22pm
    Your Right is to Remain Silent ! :-)
    UM ! Until a Polly Stamps on Yer foot ! :-) :)
    battiejl
    21st Sep 2015
    10:45am
    What a joke - we can support six prime ministers who are all multi millionairs but this is just an insult

    Pension receivers would be better off leaving the country and coming back in a boat then they would go to the top of dentis, hospital and housing lists
    particolor
    21st Sep 2015
    11:27am
    And come out Grinning like a Rat with a Gold Tooth !! :-) :-)
    MICK
    21st Sep 2015
    9:57pm
    SIx who were millionaires? I can think of Rudd (rich missus) and Turnbull (made good investment early on in life). Who else was a millionaire?
    ray from Bondi
    20th Mar 2016
    11:17am
    here here
    Bazbee
    20th Mar 2016
    1:30pm
    Operative word Mick- 'is' a millionaire, regardless of whether or not they were when first elected. Add Hawke, Keating,Howard to the list of millionaires, mainly due to real estate investments. Julia Gillard bought a 2.1 mill house last year in a beachside suburb here in Adelaide so technically, she's on the list too.
    nena
    21st Sep 2015
    10:49am
    Who ever look after pension increases must be a multimillionaire, and if so does h/she has a bit of humane conscience? My groceries bill have increase more than a 20% in the last couple of months. Let those politicians go and do a bit of shopping and then...how are then going to feel? If some humane conscience exist they should shoot themselves. We would do better without them who have the great shameless life enjoy themselves chatting stupidities.
    particolor
    21st Sep 2015
    11:19am
    You do know that Most Millionaires are also Renown SCROOGES don't You ? And wouldn't have a Curlew what the cost of living is ?? I'm just grateful for the 7 Bucks I'll end up with for the NEXT 6 MONTHS !! If we fade away Stiff ! :-(
    Old Silver Fox
    21st Sep 2015
    12:14pm
    The problem we face now is the looney left are agitating for a substantial increase in the GST and an increase in its scope to cover exempt items like food. Nena work out how an EXTRA 15% will affect your grocery bill? I think we will all be in the soup kitchen line.
    MICK
    21st Sep 2015
    12:47pm
    Actually big business is agitating for a GST increase so that business can get another unashamed cut in taxes.
    mangomick
    21st Sep 2015
    12:48pm
    You must be referring to Abbott as "the loony Left. He has been calling for an increase in the GST ever since he got in. He has been using Mike Baird, obviously another "loony left " to sing it's praises on National television for the past 6 months.
    MICK
    21st Sep 2015
    9:59pm
    The day after Turnbull won the business lobby went viral in calling for huge corporate tax cuts. Nothing to do with the left methinks. About as right as you get.
    TREBOR
    21st Sep 2015
    10:21pm
    Shopping around for a reverse mortgage so I can buy some steak.....
    particolor
    21st Sep 2015
    10:29pm
    Whats steak taste like ? I haven't bought any for a Year now !! :-(
    student
    22nd Sep 2015
    10:42am
    hey TREBOR .... forget reverse mortgages , I use lay-bye :)
    ray from Bondi
    20th Mar 2016
    11:18am
    the rich have no idea at all, they do not even do shopping, they have slaves for that, and all other house stuff you and I have to do, they pay somebody, completely out of touch and clueless.
    chez
    21st Sep 2015
    10:53am
    Please tell me when they're going to increase the New Start Allowance in which I receive at the moment. I wish I had an increase of any kind, living on less than $300 a week is a joke. I like to see a politician try and do it.
    particolor
    21st Sep 2015
    11:02am
    Whatever You do don't go on a Hunger Strike until it is Increased ! I hate going to Funerals ! :-( :-(
    brainstraina
    21st Sep 2015
    7:12pm
    chez --- for your sake I hope you get an increase; but gosh, I hope my neighbor does not. She has been trying for DSP; though, there's absolutely nothing wrong with her that's any different to most of us. She talks 'low back'. So what! probably 80% of the population has a crook low back. This person is renowned for laziness and whingeing about pain and fatigue and is constantly popping a myriad of pills, some for sleeping in the afternoon because afternoons are so boring and then more for sleeping at night and then a variety for pain, migraine, depression and on and on.
    Spends the day on Facebook and playing games. In the past 12 months, this woman has been receiving some form of benefits. Has heaps of new clothes and constantly smokes and the partner (recently also on benefits) is a very heavy smoker and even heavier drinker. He owns two homes - one of which is a rental property. (He is a hard worker around the place in which they live.)
    There is more to this tale but; hey! ---- chez ---- I am attempting to show you why you won't get your New Start increase because there are many on benefits who use it for the reasons I've shown you.
    There are more unbelievable stories in the same vein.

    Can anyone tell me how some get away with all this.
    Are they not ashamed?

    PS Forgot to mention, this person loves to frequent the local jewellery store for her trinkets for fingers, toes, neck and ears.

    I believe her benefits are purely for 'spending' money which was no longer being provided by the partner (of 38 years) who, earlier in the year retired from his very physically hard job.
    MJM
    27th Mar 2016
    7:30am
    Brainstraina why complain to us ..dob them in if you believe they are cheating the system
    casey
    21st Sep 2015
    11:00am
    Come on.. Why are you all complaining. Look at poor Tony Abbott. Got the sack, and what does he receive. A measley $6000-00 a week, goverment car, secretary, free travel.
    And you really feel you have something to complain about!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    particolor
    21st Sep 2015
    11:04am
    I feel sorrier for Copterless Bronny !! :-)
    brainstraina
    21st Sep 2015
    7:28pm
    Casey - I cannot get my head around 6K a week. For many years in a smallish town in East Gippsland, I toiled for ten years at a job which underpaid me at a flat rate for weekends and public hols. including Good Friday. That 6K would have paid for about four months of work in very ordinary conditions. There were many times where I worked from 7 to 10 consecutive days and also 3 and 4 weeks at a time.
    You might ask why I did not quit and I would say that you have not resided in a small town where there were no choices unless you knew someone or were related to someone 'in the know'.
    MICK
    21st Sep 2015
    10:00pm
    Bronny might need a golden parachute.
    TREBOR
    21st Sep 2015
    10:23pm
    If we ever get a decent government, they'll all need running shoes...
    student
    22nd Sep 2015
    10:58am
    hey casey, I thought the Mad Monk was a few days/weeks short of the required time served as PM to get a PM retirement payment. But I did read that he is going to be able to pay about $2,500 for gifts from foreign leaders, that he wants to keep for himself. Things such as specialised bike gears and riding apparel from Japan . Things that would cost us $thousands are costing him a pittance. Still I suppose we (the people) have no where to keep or store stuff like that, so he may as well have it. But, maybe your idea is a solution, TREBOR I have lots of unwanted, unusable gifts ... maybe the Government should have a garage sale and sell the gifts from other countries. Oooops, that's off the subject.
    ray from Bondi
    20th Mar 2016
    11:21am
    I think all us pensioners should put at least half our pension into fund so that he does not suffer any hardship, like not being able to afford medicine, go to a doctor, if in an area where bulk billing has been given up, and most importantly go to a dentist. I am sure there are many out there that can sympathise with poor tony having bad teeth and not being able to do anything about it.
    Can't eat bricks
    21st Mar 2016
    1:41pm
    Case yu got that right? $6000.00 a week=$320000 a year. He is a back bencher still working.
    Charlie
    21st Sep 2015
    11:04am
    Now that we a moving into summer in tropical north Queensland, I am beginning to take notice of the energy supplement listed as $14.00. This sum is of little relief when I know that after the first 3 months summer electricity bill, I will be $150 in debt and the second one I will be another $300 in debt. Not good for an age pensioner.This unforseen crisis started a long time ago when Queenslanders stopped building the nice energy efficient houses they call "The Queenslander" and started building little uninsulated flat roof boxes and putting air conditioners in them to make up for the loss in building quality.

    This was ok until electricity went up and now we are all paying for it. The trouble is that the poorly insulated flats and houses, still cost as much to rent as the well insulated ones, because they all look much the same from the outside. Owners are not going to spend money insulating dwellings they are renting out, because they don't have to live in the buildings themselves.

    There are some great opportunities to improve building quality being missed by not installing solar panels. For instance a person living in a flat roof house may have to take the roof off to put in insulation, but installing solar panels will block some of the heat coming through the roof and generate electricity for the air conditioner at the same time. It is a win/win situation without having to worry about heat loss in the winter because the winters in the tropics are mild.
    When the Abbott Government came into power there was a big increase in rent, anticipating an improvement in the economy, but it never came. This coupled with the electricity increases since 2012 have slowly increased the cost of living, at least for people in the far north. Unemployment is so high that if an age pensioner tries to get a few hours per week, its almost viewed like something illegal. Age pensioners are permitted to take on casual work. If a person becomes ill and can no longer work full time they can draw their super at 55. So if a 65yo is looking for casual work, it shouldn't be assumed they just drew their super, they may have drawn it earlier and its been used up, after all, many pensioners were nearly forty or more, before compulsory super even started.
    particolor
    21st Sep 2015
    11:08am
    There could be a New Pink Bat Scheme in the offering ? :-) So just Simmer away in silence until its announced ! :-(
    chez
    21st Sep 2015
    11:08am
    Poor bugger ...I have a government vehicle as well in fact it's a Mercedes....a Mercedes bus that is, gets me from A to B.
    particolor
    21st Sep 2015
    11:10am
    And back to A on Pension day ! :-) :-)
    MICK
    21st Sep 2015
    10:01pm
    What's in a name.
    TREBOR
    21st Sep 2015
    10:25pm
    Ah yes - I remember the good old days when everyone had the yellow and green GT (government transport) special in NSW....
    Redhead
    21st Sep 2015
    11:12am
    Can you not get into a Hospital Dentist? Don't know what state you are living in, but if we cannot get offered an appointment within a reasonable time we get given a $750.00 voucher to use at a Dentist nearby which is very useful.(Qld)
    particolor
    21st Sep 2015
    11:25am
    Good Old Queensland !! :-) I'm coming up !! :-) Labor Cares !! :-)
    Where's Frank ? :-) :-)
    Jude
    21st Sep 2015
    4:18pm
    That's interesting and didn't know about it. I'm in Queensland. Will keep it in mind for next dental visit. Thankyou
    brainstraina
    21st Sep 2015
    6:12pm
    Sounds like we should move to Qld. for the state government's dental care. You won't get that in Vic. I know several people who have dentures from a local hospital 'dentist' who believed the dentures were good and he could not further improve them. So when wearing these monstrosities the folks are in constant discomfort and certainly can't use the teeth for the purpose of eating. I have suggested they hang them on chains around their necks for protection against muggers.

    particolor - what do you mean by "Labor Cares?" In Vic. Daniel Andrews (Labor) couldn't care less. He has not talked 'dental care'.
    particolor
    21st Sep 2015
    7:00pm
    Just rubbing it in :-) None of them !! :-(
    MICK
    21st Sep 2015
    10:02pm
    Particolor: Frank does not want to hear what you have to say. His party does not care. That is the problem.
    Adrianus
    22nd Sep 2015
    8:56pm
    I'm here parti, what do you want? I've been busy lately. Don't take any notice of mick. He's just trying to stir up trouble.
    Labor cares about their own political games. If they do a good turn for a battler then the ABC is tipped off in advance.
    particolor
    22nd Sep 2015
    9:00pm
    They are all Stinky !! :-(
    Adrianus
    22nd Sep 2015
    9:10pm
    Yes I agree. Every PM who has been getting rolled is having a big party afterwards and they look like lotto winners! Except for Kevin Rudd. They threw him back into the fray so we could explain our feelings to him mathematically. According to the left media Turnbull is the most popular PM since Julia Gillard. Shows you how good my memory is because I don't recall Gillard being popular? Seems strange that the unions would axe a popular PM??
    particolor
    22nd Sep 2015
    10:41pm
    Is starting to look like a game !! They all want to go out on PM Pension !! :-(
    MJM
    27th Mar 2016
    7:37am
    Just some information on dentures pensioners.... As we get older our jaw line changes receding back . Your dentures will never fit properly because of this. My teeth are a major priority in my personal hygiene flossing brushing regular dental checks and cleans. Obviously to end up with a plate means you weren't so vigilant...
    Tom Tank
    21st Sep 2015
    11:25am
    Something drastic MUST be done about these outrageous pensions politicians receive.
    At the very least they should have to wait until the same age as we do to get the aged pension. If they are hard up they can go onto Newstart.
    particolor
    21st Sep 2015
    11:28am
    :-) :-) :-)
    brainstraina
    21st Sep 2015
    6:29pm
    You know what Tom Tank! I feel ill thinking about the pollies' pensions. How can they have the right to decide their own salaries and pensions, which, for an individual politician amounts to millions of dollars taken WITHOUT CONSENT from his/her employer. The employer is US ------ WE, THE PEOPLE!!!!!!
    We elect them and I'll bet they chuckle behind their hands all the way to the bank.
    Adrianus
    21st Sep 2015
    6:44pm
    brainstraina, I don't like to spoil your fun, but the politicians don't decide on their own remuneration. There are Public Servants who fulfil that role, and guess what??? Yes they are paid more than the politicians!
    MICK
    21st Sep 2015
    10:05pm
    The problem is not the pension Tom. The problem is that they get their grubby hands on it immediately and they can get other jobs whilst drawing it. Pollies should have to wait until they are 70 before they can draw their pension. That way the retirement age would never have been pushed up. Rules for some, different rules for others!
    The normal post from Frank. Always cherry picking to mislead readers.
    Old Man
    20th Mar 2016
    2:46pm
    Tom Tank, all politicians elected for the first time on or after the 2010 election are required to wait until 55 to access any pensions due to them. I'm sure that an age pension won't apply to them as their pension will rule them out under the income test.

    Gillard brought this in and as compensation for this all politicians, including those eligible to enjoy the old scheme, all salaries were almost doubled. There was much slapping of backs when she announced the first bit but the media release on the second bit was a bit lat.
    Old Man
    20th Mar 2016
    2:50pm
    Oh Frank, really. Yes a remuneration tribunal makes the decisions on politicians remuneration. These are people appointed by politicians. You could almost say that the tribunal is sitting in judgement on how much their boss gets paid.
    chez
    21st Sep 2015
    11:28am
    Thanks particolor I hope I don't have a hunger strike either but it's a good excuse to drop a few kilos.
    particolor
    21st Sep 2015
    11:32am
    I fell in LOVE with that 20 cents Pension Supplement ! :-) :-) :-) I'll defiantly be Voting for Big Mal !! :-)
    particolor
    21st Sep 2015
    11:33am
    New Boss !! :-) Generosity Personified ! :-)
    Redhead
    21st Sep 2015
    11:33am
    Got nothing to do with LABOUR particolour brought in by the Liberals, Labour is now changing other Health commitments so who knows how long it will last.
    particolor
    21st Sep 2015
    11:39am
    I only wrote that to attract Frank and Co ! I honestly couldn't care which one of those Corrupt Powers held the reigns anymore !! Australia is now BIG BIZ Pty/Ltd.... :-(
    MICK
    21st Sep 2015
    10:06pm
    Yep. And voters have still not wised up that voting for either side is what keeps this game going.
    chez
    21st Sep 2015
    11:52am
    I agree on the corrupt powers comment whatever happened to the people voting in a new leader not the mickey mouse club members.
    MICK
    21st Sep 2015
    10:09pm
    Kill the game: vote for an Independent!! Preferably the best one in your area.
    Tell your friends and ask them to do the same. Labor and Liberal hacks will hate you for doing this as their game continues because the minds of voters have been poisoned by media campaigns.
    Labor and Liberal as scared *hitless at the thought of voters doing the above.
    Fran
    21st Sep 2015
    1:34pm
    I live on my own (a dog and cat are lodgers!) my last energy bill was $252.85!!!
    Yet in Summer here (Qld) the shops, centres, businesses that have their doors wide open, air conditioning the outside air is staggering. The powers that be keep telling us to cut down on our use etc., these above businesses must be drawing an awful load from the grid. This has been going on for years, its time they were fined for having their doors wide open. A couple of years ago I asked the owner of a shop why he did not keep the doors closed, his answer was "people will think I am closed"!
    So I should be grateful for the few cents "energy supplement" I get I guess!!
    Charlie
    21st Sep 2015
    4:47pm
    There is not a great deal of awareness anywhere about how air conditioning works. One of the biggest mistakes is thinking that the temperature shown on the remote setting is the temperature of the air that is coming out. This is not so, because the air coming out is usually much colder and the air conditioner will keep pushing out cold air until the air going IN reaches the set temperature. Now if the air going in, is always warm because the room doors are left open, the air conditioner will always be running at maximum.
    In north Queensland where I live, my summer electricity bill is $600 per quarter, that's for one live alone pensioner with no ceiling insulation and I am doing the maximum to keep the cost down. In regard to the shopping centres, I think many people must believe that air conditioning is only a fan with benefits, rather than a room cooler. Even some of our best shopping centres have single automatic doors that face the prevailing winds and allow hot air inside some 20 metres. They could save a fortune by installing two sets of doors to create an airlock. That's assuming that they have all their kitchen exhaust and fire safety things in order.
    Paras
    21st Sep 2015
    5:47pm
    your other option is to contact a dental teaching clinic such as CSU, I'm sure there are others. Very cheap & you don't have to pass a means test
    Lippy
    21st Sep 2015
    5:54pm
    FINALLY, I can get that waterfront mansion I've been waiting for. Oh, $10.20. I thought $10,200 000.20. Back to the cardboard box by the sewers.
    brainstraina
    21st Sep 2015
    7:33pm
    Lippy. Commiserations. So depressing.
    I'm going to have a small Scotch. Maybe also a well- earned Valium.
    particolor
    21st Sep 2015
    7:36pm
    If I wanted either of them items I would have to Steal them !! :-(
    MICK
    21st Sep 2015
    10:10pm
    That's what rich folk do. Its legal is you do it the right way though.
    Precious 1
    21st Sep 2015
    7:52pm
    You should get lump sum allowed at all selected if not all dentists anout $600 a year check it out if you a senior or healthcare card...different amounts may apply in different States ? if you Australian resident and have Health Card..we go to local Dental Govt or dental Hospital its all vety reasonable...mm
    tactful
    21st Sep 2015
    9:12pm
    Please, STOP WHINGING. You never thought about putting aside anything for your retirement and now rely on those who are still paying taxes to fund your old age.
    What you paid in taxes in the past has been used already.
    Sad thing is that when people are working they used to have a lifestyle to which they have become addicted. Now they are relying on tax payer funded pensions they cannot support their old lifestyle.
    I get a part pension and have a small super pension, I did not retire because I wanted to, health issues caused my retirement.
    Yet my husband and I had a very hihg maintainence lifestyle, when I stopped work, we made huge adjustments. Now my husband has stopped work, we have again made huge adjustments.
    We now live a meagre lifestyle which is more home based and we love it.
    We pay ALL our bills by Bpay each fortnight, the annual ones we have a special account we put the money into and they are part of our fortnightly committments.
    We have kept our private health insurance, as there is no loyalty given by the health funds we look for the best price and are happy to change.
    After everything is paid and food purchased, we might have $10 or $20 left over to be crazy with and that is fine as we have very little in the way of needs.
    MICK
    21st Sep 2015
    10:12pm
    I hope that some of the posters on this website read your story tactful. Very good advice.
    The trouble with 'people' is that they often create their own misery and then complain about how hard done they are.
    TREBOR
    21st Sep 2015
    10:27pm
    Don't generalise and pout over what you imagine other people have done with their life, darling - it makes you eyes look piggy and your chin weak...
    Rae
    22nd Sep 2015
    9:16am
    Making adjustments is a great idea tactful.

    I imagine you paid your own childcare costs, saved for your own home deposit and saved for the baby things you needed including cloth nappies that you washed.

    If there is enough money now for young people to be paid these things there should be enough to pay a decent pension as well.

    I also saved and get nix from Centrelink not even the energy supplement. Self funded retirees get no benefits and pay full costs for everything.

    Saving really doesn't make much sense when you work the figures out.
    Adrianus
    22nd Sep 2015
    9:51am
    Rae, I was that poor I couldn't afford childcare costs, so I took the kids to work and I encouraged other mums to do the same. Pretty soon we had more toys than tools. I don't even know where Centrelink is.
    student
    22nd Sep 2015
    11:16am
    I really do get upset and disillusioned when people make generalised judgements on others. We are all born equal, yes, but that's where equality ends. We all have different chances and choices in life. Just because one person has been in the situation whereby they can save money (for whatever reason) does not make them better than a persons whose circumstances and opportunities in life has not allowed that person to save a little money thus needing help from the Government (the people). How wonderful and superior some people appear. I have a friend who still raves on about how he didn't accept the 'Gov. $600 handout) of some years ago. No he didn't accept it because he was earning far too much money! It seems some people just can not understand. You can't put brains in statues.
    Adrianus
    22nd Sep 2015
    9:38pm
    Rae, in future please try not to upset student by those remarks about not be a Centrelink customer.
    student
    23rd Sep 2015
    9:32am
    Frank, I have no problem with people not needing Centrelink I just have a problem with attitudes that look down on those that do use Centrelink. We all have different roads in life and we all have freewill. Am I to be punished and made feel inadequate because I am a Centrelink 'customer'?? Am I better than the person who has a drink and maybe a flutter on the races occasionally?? I don't think so. Life has been good to me and I have great empathy for those not as fortunate as I. With all of my health problems, I would not change places with you for quids. As I said, life has been good to me.
    Old Man
    20th Mar 2016
    3:03pm
    Thank you tactful, you give heart to those who are concerned about whether they can afford to retire. All the experts tell us that you need at least $1M in super before you can consider it and they are wrong. God only knows how they figure these things out because other media people nod wisely and accept without question the figures put forward.

    We also altered our lifestyle dramatically and live life differently to when we were working. Although there has been a change in lifestyle, it doesn't mean that we are staying home watching free-to-air TV. We volunteer, joined a Probus club, walk for our health, eat out now and then and have a holiday when funds permit. I suppose it depends on one's definition of living.
    Mamacrystal
    21st Sep 2015
    9:58pm
    Don't whinge Youn Simmo..... you'll be on clover with $10.20......I will only get $6.80!
    MICK
    21st Sep 2015
    10:14pm
    Funny. Young simmo is a case. A LNP hack but whinging about his dentistry bill. And if Labor wins the next election and covers his bill he will complain about the national debt resulting. A case!
    Young Simmo
    21st Sep 2015
    11:05pm
    Boy I was wondering if you Mick are a Mental Retard. Thanks for removing any doubt.
    Young Simmo
    21st Sep 2015
    11:19pm
    Actually Mamacrystal, I am only getting $5.10 but, I will be brave I am not a UNION BLUDGER. Have a look at them, they go on strike to cause problems for innocent plane passengers, instead of fighting a fair fight.
    Adrianus
    22nd Sep 2015
    7:56am
    Mama, that's $6.80 more than I am getting. I'm not connected to a union either. I earned an honest living. mick isn't it time you went on another world trip?
    Mama I reckon my income is about half of yours. I'm that poor I cant even pay attention to mick's rants.
    TREBOR
    21st Sep 2015
    10:20pm
    $6.80? An extra schooner or two discount loaves of bread!!
    particolor
    21st Sep 2015
    10:25pm
    I worked it out that's all anyone will get ? And if your in Public Housing about 5 Bucks !!
    TREBOR
    21st Sep 2015
    10:29pm
    Nope - not in PH.. not going to be. I'd end up killing some idiot who sucks drugs and causes trouble or something.... my brother used to live in that situation, and he died fighting with a neighbour over insane garbage that people can bring to those situations.

    No, thanks.
    particolor
    21st Sep 2015
    10:44pm
    I don't know what's happened but the Dero's around here have been a lot quieter around here lately ?? :-)
    Old Man
    20th Mar 2016
    3:09pm
    What I like about this site is the lack of generalisations. Yes Trebor, all HC dwellers are idiots who suck drugs and cause trouble. Obviously your late brother was an idiot who sucked drugs and caused trouble. How do I deduce this? Well, he lived in an HC complex.
    particolor
    20th Mar 2016
    10:23pm
    I'm racing out to get One Luxury Loaf of bread before the Price goes up !! Which it always does just after a Pension Rise !! :-( :-(
    MJM
    27th Mar 2016
    7:47am
    It is obvious to me that many pensioners have never been good with money!! Bills need to be paid in instalments... Take $15 a fortnight pay part electricity then some for water ... Etc instead of getting a huge bill your lifestyle will remain even!!! My god I have seen what you get and I know with my house owned and lifestyle changes $850 + on a pension will be a piece of cake.... My mother saved $300 a fortnight from her pension... Lived well had a car etc she put $10 into envelopes for bills every fortnight so it didn't impact her life every 4 months... How hard ?????
    jeansievers
    22nd Sep 2015
    4:25am
    Wow how wonderful such huge increases with all the money they cut off the really 'wealthy' people on part pensions. Is it possible, just for fun to have a comparison chart on the pensions of politicians just so we can do a comparison and see how well off we are.
    On the matter of dental care for aged pensioners, dental care needs to be covered by Medicare for everybody. Teeth are a health issue and if they are not looked after throughout life it can lead to serious health issues. I have seen many older people and young having missing teeth. Well I suppose that's how it was in centuries before us and that's where the corrupt, mongrels running our planet want us to end up.
    nena
    22nd Sep 2015
    8:39am
    To Particolor and the rest who are straggling to survive on the age pension I´m suggesting how to keeping sane...go VEGAN. It is great, taste very good, there is a lot of choices and it is healthy for our bodies and our pockets...Boycott the butchers and the world would be a more humane one.
    Stop the killing of vulnerable creatures and it will have a positive ripple effect in everything human beings can do
    musicveg
    20th Mar 2016
    2:25pm
    I agree being on a plant based diet is far cheaper especially if you grown your own or buy in season.
    World Prophet
    22nd Mar 2016
    8:46am
    Mmmm... I thought a Vegan was a person who couldn't spell Vegetarian... and originally I though that Vegetarian was an ancient word for Bad Hunter...
    particolor
    22nd Mar 2016
    8:12pm
    :-) Wish I could throw a Spear Straighter ! I'm sick of eating Grass ! :-)
    MJM
    27th Mar 2016
    7:51am
    You need nutrition more in old age especially protein and dairy for bones! Are you supplementing?? Most important get out for 10 minutes into the sun for vitamin D without it bones will deteriorate. Rethink I think.
    Peterrj
    22nd Sep 2015
    9:58am
    Clearly the pension is way too generous. This is free money based upon spending your weath down to just under $400,000 (the asset test to receive the max pension rate) getting old (being of pensionable age) and letting future tax payers pay for 'your' retirement! At this rate there will be little Govt money left over to pay for the refugees!!! Oh, sorry, that's right, we are borrowing money to pay for the refugees, silly me? Anyone else see a financial train wreck up ahead??? LOL, I'll be gone by then!!!!!! This will be the problem for others grandchildren so who cares?
    nena
    22nd Sep 2015
    10:11am
    Really, I should not care since I don't have children...grandchildren...great-grandchildren... only a pet she has not children either!!! But my humane conscience is telling me that we all are only one so I do care for the suffering bring upon the vulnerable by the selfishness of some human (?) beings.
    Adrianus
    22nd Sep 2015
    10:34am
    Don't know if many noticed the subtle change recently? There are no "refugees" now, only "migrants" and walls are being built and armies are using weapons against these "migrants".
    It is ISIS which is forcing these "migrants" to get moving of course. ISIS gives them 24hrs to get out of town before they start bombing and killing those who stay behind. They have no need for the aged pension. WHO calculates the average life expectancy of a male as 62. I notice a few people think it's a good idea to introduce that same system here in AUS. A 6% swing for labor in Canning. I'll be well gone by then too. But as I get older I tend to be less selfish and more caring of others.
    jeansievers
    23rd Sep 2015
    12:35am
    The money the government obtained from their unnecessary austerity cuts pay for the bombs that cause the refugees to leave their countries NATO funds ISIS to destabilise the M E its about controlling the oil and making huge profits for arms industry. Meanwhile we are the bunnies who pay for these illegal wars. That's what future generations will be paying off not the aged pension costs.
    student
    23rd Sep 2015
    9:44am
    jean, you didn't mention the submarines on order. We have state of the art fighter jets bombing a foreign country because the war warmongering country (USA) wants to share the cost of a war and sell more war weapons to the allies. Where the h** are the people living in a war torn country supposed to go?? Yes, you are right, we and our children and their children will be paying for wars fought out of greed. You are so right.
    particolor
    23rd Sep 2015
    2:24pm
    Democracy got Burnt with Joan !! :-(
    Young Simmo
    22nd Sep 2015
    12:55pm
    Can somebody tell me in a few short clicks how to find out on line the details of our pension. I want to find out if we are getting rent assistance and how much and when was it last adjusted. I know I can go in and fiddle and click for half a day, but if somebody can simplify it for me that's good.
    That will allow more time for me to be retired which usually takes all day, and leaves me exhausted.
    Charlie
    22nd Sep 2015
    2:03pm
    http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/centrelink/rent-assistance
    Peterrj
    22nd Sep 2015
    2:41pm
    Whey Simmo, with all that buck riding then it's no wonder you get tired so easily!!!!
    Justsane
    22nd Sep 2015
    1:33pm
    To Young Simmo,
    If you are in WA, ring the Oral Health Centre of Western Australia (OHCWA) on 93464400. It is in Nedlands, next to Charlie Gairdner Hospital. It is a public dental clinic, and there are others at Armadale (in Armadale-Kelmscott Hospital grounds), phone 93999066 and at Warwick, phone 94478011, also at Bunbury, phone 97913661. The usual charge is a quarter of the full fee (and they don't inflate their prices like private dentists). They do any kind of dental work. Anyone on a Centrelink Health Care Card or Centrelink Pension Card is eligible. (What they do charge you is also fully or partially refundable if you have Medibank Private ancillaries cover, and probably for other health funds too). For emergency treatment you don't have to wait at all, usually have to be there early in the morning. For other treatment they give you an appointment. Good Luck!
    Young Simmo
    22nd Sep 2015
    4:22pm
    Thanks for the helpful info Charlie and Justsane.
    Peterrj, that horse is not mine he is borrowed, and his name is Mr GOOGLE.
    Peterrj
    23rd Sep 2015
    1:50pm
    Young Simmo, that's a funny name for a horse???
    jeansievers
    22nd Sep 2015
    3:10pm
    To all welfare recipients don't let right wingers make you feel bad about receiving payments you rightly deserve. This man doesn't pay any tax. What makes him feel so entitled all he does is spread rubbish called 'news'. http://www.smh.com.au/business/rupert-murdochs-us-empire-siphons-45b-from-australian-business-virtually-taxfree-20150405-1meu0l
    particolor
    22nd Sep 2015
    7:13pm
    Most people are already aware of this and the stuff below from jeansievers. Your Vote is rather worthless now ! :-( Just get Your name crossed off to avoid Shoving more into their Coffers with Fines! :-(
    There is no a Great deal You can-do about it as they all have their noses in the trough now OINK ! KARMA will get the Greedy Pigs one day Thank God! :-) But until then just Grin and Bear it until they are bought to Account !! :-)
    jeansievers
    22nd Sep 2015
    3:37pm
    "When governments are dependent on bankers for money they are not leaders of government money has no motherland financiers are without patriotism and decency" Napoleon This statement is just as relevant today. Our politicians are not in charge of this country. Globally financiers are encouraging governments to get into debt and then encouraging government to implement austerity. They have no concern for the welfare of any citizens of any country, profit is the only objective. This is why we are losing our safety net and standard of living. They sell off public assets, which we have paid for with out tax, put up the price of everything, take business overseas, hence more unemployment. Where is this formula going to take future generations. Don't believe or get bullied into thinking this is because we the people are negligent in some way it is because this system is being enforced upon the global community and it will have horrendous consequences for future generations. It is HAS NOTHING to do with with individual Australians and something we have done wrong, that is the propaganda they want you to believe so they can continue to rob ordinary people.
    particolor
    22nd Sep 2015
    6:46pm
    How Much is Too Much ? :-(
    student
    23rd Sep 2015
    9:57am
    heyyyyyyyy jean :) I love your mind!! You tell it like it is girl. Austerity does nothing except hurt the vulnerable. I'm not sure if it is bad management of a country's finances that get a county into economic trouble but hitting the poor will not get the country out of economic trouble. Tax cuts do not trickle down either. I am not saying 'Hit the successful businesses with higher taxes, but I do feel the 1% should pay more tax and not receive so many tax breaks. Corporations govern, not democratic governments.
    Biddy
    22nd Sep 2015
    8:25pm
    This pension increase is a disgrace we get a lousy few dollars extra per fortnight while it is hardly enough to buy 3 litres of milk,while the Poloticans get more then a couple of thousand per week,what has happened to the dental assistant,I need new dentures but it is far out of my reachI haven't had new dentures for over 10 years and the Government expects us to pay it with the measle amount they give us,I hope one day they will have to survive on the little pension we all have to but of course they do not it us a disgrace for pensioners to be dealt a shocking hand like we are ,I can't say I am happy with this pensioners increase
    particolor
    22nd Sep 2015
    8:56pm
    I worked it out as .09 of 1% so look up Biddy !! We might get 1% next time in SIX LONG MONTHS From now !! :-)
    Adrianus
    22nd Sep 2015
    8:59pm
    I think the increases will be modest unless we get the China Export Agreement up and running. Then you will see a bounce in growth by around 1-2%, which will mean a slightly higher pension increase.
    particolor
    22nd Sep 2015
    9:05pm
    WOW !! :-) 5 Litres of Milk !! :-) :-)
    Not Senile Yet!
    23rd Sep 2015
    12:20am
    Pension increase do not match the inflation rate nor do they match the CPI......with good reason.....the Government simply has a mentality that they cannot cut the budget costs anywhere else that saves them the most amount effectively....why???
    They have sold OFF everything else.....they have increased spending on defence by overcommitting to defence projects to assist the USA that are beyond our means to support....by that I mean on a population based taxable income!!!!
    Still the best measure to assist Pensioners...all Pensioners....is through expanding and increasing the assistance provided by reduced costs on all expenditure like cost of living expenses and Energy bill reductions. Reducing an energy bill by 5% has more benefit that actually increasing the Pension and is more appropriate!!!
    As for the Left & Right Whingers...(Brainwashed Mob)...sheep follow each other wherever they are led or guided!!!!
    Wise up...the Parties are playing you all for suckers with their Propaganda the their Parties are the only answer!!!!
    They are Not.!!!
    Parliament is for Debate & Compromise to get the best deal for the Voters & the Country.....Parties are interested in neither.....their interest is in you believing their hogwash and giving them Your Vote!!
    Don't be foolish....don't get sucked into the debate over Left or Right!!!
    Vote Independent and remove their corrupted power over Puppets who just do what they are told!!!
    Put someone into Parliament that is willing to Challenge their corrupted Views about what is best for Australia & Australian Voters!
    If you stop voting for them you remove their ability to corrupt OUR system!!!!
    jeansievers
    23rd Sep 2015
    12:52am
    Well that's a refreshing comment you are right on there. Thanks for the sanity it helps.Cheers
    particolor
    23rd Sep 2015
    2:10pm
    I wish you were allowed to say Stick It on here !! :-) because that's what Id tell them to do with their Very Small Change ! :-(

    PS ..:-)
    Young Simmo
    23rd Sep 2015
    12:33am
    If we are ever, ever, ever, going to get some honesty into this conversation, we need an honest politician. The Erath has been in existence for 4,500 million years I believe, and an honest politician has never been found.
    What is an honest Politician, I hear you saying. Very simple really.
    Of all our politicians, costing us about a BILLION DOLLARS a year I think, we just need to find one with some good old fashioned GUTS.
    What is GUTS?, Simple, one lousy POLLY that will stand up on Live TV and answer questions without notice.
    When one is born please tell the world.
    Adrianus
    23rd Sep 2015
    9:06am
    Quick, recall NASA's New Horizon for reprograming. Last week we were happy with "intelligent" now we want honest?
    I agree with your assertion that we are the problem. We want a leader with emotional intelligence and generosity who will dazzle us with buzz words like, innovation, new science, technology, opportunity, etc. And the buzz phrase, "this is the best time to be alive"
    Human kind is too emotive and we expect our leaders to be the same.
    Eventually we will admit our failings and put our faith into Artificial Intelligence.
    The question is, Will AI forgive us for not measuring up?
    Bazbee
    23rd Sep 2015
    9:26am
    I am 70 and retired from a full time job 5 years ago but still do some casual work. I am eligible for the single age pension but this is adjusted when I receive a salary. I also draw down a small amount from a superannuation allocated pension. I don't recall anybody on this forum mentioning that they receive superannuation payments -surely those who worked would be receiving some form of super in addition to their pension? Just interested to know.
    Charlie
    23rd Sep 2015
    10:08am
    I am 66 and had to retire from full time employment at 56 and draw my super, which I was permitted to do. I spent all my super in the first five years when I was on a reduced disability pension. I also did some casual work but none in my profession of Environmental Health Officer. The job doesn't lend itself to casual work. The disability support pension was also reduced in accordance with the amount of casual work I did. My retirement was caused by nerve damage maybe from a stroke, so I was limited in the amount of work I could do. My super was also small because I was in my thirties before I did a uni degree and got into a well paid job. Last year all my casual work stopped and things got very difficult, I need to move to a cheaper flat, but I am stuck with a one year lease. The money I had saved for removals is now being eroded.
    particolor
    23rd Sep 2015
    2:20pm
    Do Polies LOSE some of their Pension when they go on Speech making (Crap) Tours after Retiring from a Hard life in Parliament ?
    particolor
    26th Sep 2015
    1:05pm
    Bazbee .. I wasn't going far with $3,5000 Superannuation :-( when I retired. I bought an Old Bomb with it and still Drive it, Good Car ! :-) You can survive on the Single Pension, but I never go out except Supermarket, Vinnie's and Garage Sales !! But I'm happy enough :-)
    particolor
    20th Mar 2016
    10:59pm
    Ps.. The Car is Still Going ! :-) :-)
    Jannie
    23rd Sep 2015
    9:37am
    What a let down, how can one survive on the pension????
    I have had to get a casual job to make ends meet and I am pushing 70.
    The biggest let down is that if you earn more than $250 a fortnight centrelink take back 50 cents in the dollar if you earn extra the pension finally is used up so go figger one is not much better off so might as well curl up in a ball and die.
    Charlie
    23rd Sep 2015
    11:23am
    Much worse if you cant get any casual work? You can still do ok because they are only taking 50cents in the dollar above the $250 amount. Also there is some system where you accumulate credits up to the value of about $6000 by not having any work at all for a certain amount of time. Then they will leave you alone, while you make your first $6000, then they start taking again.
    Charlie
    25th Sep 2015
    7:56am
    The $250 cut off point for age pensioners was actually an improvement. In recent times the cut off point for unemployed and disability pensioners was $150/fortnight before the government started taking. So a person was only allowed to earn $150/fortnight before the pension got altered to make any earning above $150/fortnight only worth half pay. I becomes more clear to me how I was screwed when I had to retire early, draw my super, and go on disability pension. This was because I came down with crippling illness at 56yo and could no longer work full time.
    Scrivener
    23rd Sep 2015
    10:27am
    WOW! I get a cup of coffee now. I wonder what the pollies get?
    particolor
    23rd Sep 2015
    2:06pm
    A Creamy Moccona with a Double Shot of Glen Fiddich in it No Doubt !! :-)
    Charlie
    24th Sep 2015
    1:45am
    I just need to say a word for the people who's savings and casual employment opportunities have been eroded to where they only have the age pension left to live on. THEY ARE THE PEOPLE WHO WILL NOT BE HERE BECAUSE THEY WILL NOT BE ABLE TO AFFORD INTERNET SERVICES. Only if a person has casual work, share accommodation or very cheap rent and no car anymore, would they have enough pension money to cover this very important communications tool. The present age pension payments put the live alone age pensioner completely out in the cold, with no proper accommodation, no money for car registration and no up to date communications equipment. If I don't get casual work in the next 6mths I will have to deregister my car and move to cheap accommodation not big enough for my bed, washing machine, TV or shelving. The realistic accommodation for the live alone age pensioner is just not out there, for the money we get.
    Smiddy
    24th Sep 2015
    5:04pm
    This is true!!! with costs increasing i really don't know how some of these poor buggers living alone do it, one friend i know his mum gives him money a lot each f/nite and hes 48 i mean cmon
    particolor
    24th Sep 2015
    5:22pm
    well said Charlie..
    Most of the Pensioners I know are Saying that (Pension Raise ? ) Is Insulting and didn't help with anything ! and they may as well Stick It ! :-( Of coarse You bet the Odd Millionaire on this site that sais the Pension is far Too High !! Well so it may be when their Kids are paying their Power, Gas, Rego, Medical Insurance and a Host of other Payments for them ! :-(
    But Persolaly I get along OK as I'm frugal and have learnt to live on Crumbs and the occasional Goody,when on Special ! :-) The Internet is on the Scales at the Moment being weighed up ! Will I keep it or Will I Wont ?? There is no reasonable Rate for Pensioners available with a reasonable amount of Gigabytes, say 20GB would be nice at a reasonable price !! All I can get is 50-100 GB which is Overkill ! 5GB is useless :-( I'm thinking of giving Myself a Pay Rise of $106 a Month, and dumping the thing !! :-) Thanks for Writing and putting things in the Real World for us that are Interested and not the I'm OK Jacks !! :-) that frequent this site, You know the ones that would give you a Dry Crust and a Beaker of Water a day !! :-( Housing and Rent Prises are Ridiculous in this Lucky Country ! I certainly hope You find some work soon ! :-)
    Adrianus
    24th Sep 2015
    9:08pm
    parti, I told you months ago to checkout Exetel. $40 monthly for 100Gb and line rental. I've heard occasionally it can be a little slow but it is an option.
    particolor
    25th Sep 2015
    5:51pm
    Thank Frank ! :-) Its on My list now ! Ta ! :-)
    Adrianus
    26th Sep 2015
    10:37am
    I guess you live in a Labor electorate and close to the sitting member's office so you would have NBN. If that's the case why not go all out and get the rich person's pkg?
    100/40 mbps. Unlimited anytime downloads. Free phoneline with cheap call rates. All this wrapped in a neat package for just $59 monthly.
    You could charge 6 neighbours $10 monthly and have free internet and get yourself a $1 bag of lollies. :)
    particolor
    26th Sep 2015
    12:51pm
    No !! I live in a Brazed on Libs Electorate ! They are "The Best Of Liars" :-)
    I'm searching for a deal now !! According to what I've heard around, we have NBN here ? Not that I care ! The ADSL is fast enough for me ! :-) There's only 6 out of 12 neighbours here that I talk to !:-) The other 6 belong in The Asylum ! :-( I just picked up a Screwed up Final Demand letter from My garden from a Power mob ( they throw them over the letterbox wall into my garden ) It wasn't Much ! Only $840 this one ! I'm just Happy it wasn't Mine ! :-) :-)...
    Adrianus
    26th Sep 2015
    4:02pm
    Yep, don't know how strong the brazing could be. 100/40 is the NBN speed of course but 25/5 is fast enough. I send and receive around 30 emails daily and its more than enough for my meagre needs. You can find out online if you have NBN. Google NBN Rollout" or NBNCO.com.au.
    If you haven't thought of it, check your current speed so that you know what you're looking for in a new connection?

    https://www.mybroadband.communications.gov.au/speedtest.aspx
    Smiddy
    24th Sep 2015
    5:03pm
    Should of been least $30 miserable sods! regarding dental salvos paid for mine ! I got a root canal done $280.00 all paid for in dental hospital...
    particolor
    24th Sep 2015
    5:30pm
    Well Smiddy ! :-) I heard weeks back that it was going to be $30 ! But some Mean Lib found a Machete and Chopped that in 3 Pieces and gave us a Third ?? :-(
    Smiddy
    24th Sep 2015
    5:35pm
    That be right particolor.....We'd all be eating bread n water n they'd say tough luck up there in Canberra land..I hope Joe jokes on his cigar lol
    Smiddy
    24th Sep 2015
    5:36pm
    *Chokes.....Woops!! see the stress has got to me lol
    particolor
    24th Sep 2015
    5:48pm
    No ! You were Right the first time ! Pensioners Well Being is a Bloody Joke to them !! :-(
    Smiddy
    25th Sep 2015
    1:24pm
    Hi Particolor I'm with DODO 39 unlimited they are ok..speed is 7MBS so not to shabby.
    particolor
    25th Sep 2015
    5:31pm
    Thanks.. I'm out of Contract now so I'll look around for a deal ! :-)
    PS.. Or dump it !
    Smiddy
    25th Sep 2015
    1:26pm
    I've always thought the internet should be free IMHO it's like a library when you think about it, hopefully one day huh??. I offered my pensioner neighbor to tap into mine free, but signal didn't work ......
    particolor
    25th Sep 2015
    5:35pm
    Its more than a Library nowadays ! They want You to do everything on line with no Compensation for doing so ? I think Half Price for Pensioner would not be TOO Much to ask for !! What thinkest Thou ? :-)
    Adrianus
    26th Sep 2015
    8:02am
    Smiddy you could try a WiFi signal enhancer? I think they cost about $80?
    Smiddy
    25th Sep 2015
    7:25pm
    You make a good point there, Centrelink has an APP but you need the smart phone first right :D. You think it go down well asking Turnball for a phone :O?, The Utilities allowance, well Power seems to eat all that up now!!.
    Charlie
    27th Sep 2015
    8:05am
    What the government and estate agents fail to see, is that the age pensioners who run out of super, are not people who have been bums all their lives. There are some people who have held professional positions who are now living in poverty and the reasons can be straight forward eg. Compulsory super didn't start until recent times and it started at a low rate, about 3%. Some people have needed to retire early and draw their super early because of chronic illness. Some people have had expensive marriage settlements. etc etc
    When a person has lived out most of their life, they usually have something they own that is of sentimental value, it might be a wardrobe of clothes, a table, a chair, a guitar collection. Is it too much to ask that the pension provides enough money for a spacious one bedroom unit, where the bedroom is not part of the living room. Isn't it already hard enough when the kitchen is part of the living room.
    particolor
    27th Sep 2015
    9:49am
    Well at least My Shoe Box has separate rooms !! :-) But the Rent isn't Shoebox size ! :-(
    particolor
    27th Sep 2015
    9:52am
    Every time You get a Small increase in the Pension they move the Goal Posts and steal it !! And as far as I know its not even factored into the Increase ? I'm going BACKWARDS ! :-(
    Adrianus
    27th Sep 2015
    11:18am
    Storage is a huge problem.
    particolor
    20th Mar 2016
    10:14pm
    What's a Living Room ? :-) :-)
    Adrianus
    21st Mar 2016
    1:11pm
    I like the new collapsible, solar powered, fully self contained refugee hut which IKEA have designed.
    PIXAPD
    29th Sep 2015
    10:19am
    Public Housing rent will now increase twice that next March, just wait and see
    particolor
    29th Sep 2015
    10:43am
    Can Hardly Wait ! :-(
    particolor
    29th Sep 2015
    10:45am
    If they done that in Private Rentals they would be JAILED ! :-(
    Justsane
    20th Mar 2016
    12:56am
    All these comments relate to September last year.
    particolor
    20th Mar 2016
    11:07pm
    Noticed have You ? :-) :-)
    Biddy
    20th Mar 2016
    8:52am
    I have never known such a tight arse lot of poloticans they give us a lousy 50 cents pension rise what amount are they on,and they say we are getting to much and a drain on society,they never declare what they give themselves like a thousand dollars here and 10 thousand to Malcolm Turnbull.Hold your heads in shame you morons how dare you treat us like scum,don't you think if we could look after ourselves then we would but you make out we are not worth worrying about and we are making the country poor hit these churches and big businesses for bigger taxes,you throw us a few cents which is a insult and think you are doing us a favour,think again because we are so sick of wearing the stigma badge ,we worked two jobs for years both contributing to taxes and retirement invested our money and then was ripped off by them as they went into receivership and payed us nothing,they can do this ripping the investors of big time and we have to cop it on the chin as to speak,if it hadn't happened we could support ourselves and would not want the pension,what next you will most likely class our comfortable house as a assets so you can bleed us a little more,you say you are chasing big corporation to pay their share of taxes but are you ? We worked hard to buy our home and you have no idea what a struggle it has been we are always out of pocket paying rates which increase every year,phone,water rates,electricity,and the general up keep on our home,we have little or no public transport have to rely on our car to drive us everywhere ,so there is continuous upkeep on our car insurances for car, home ,funeral funds and to just look after ourselves with clothes and food etc,and you think we are living like millionaires I have news for you Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison we don't drink or smoke we don't go out,we have 1 holiday a year if we can and you call us bludgers whom are sucking the country dry,stop all the young single Mothers from having children ,1 is a mistake but when it comes to three or four it is time to stop all their payments,leave us alone whom are trying to survive the best way we know how shame on you you Liberal Morons so fed up,with your remarks just heard Malcolm Turdball is getting a $ 6.5 thousand dollars tax cut well this beats everything where is the fairness and he sure would need it especially being a Millonair with 7 homes to help him on the way you scumbags leave us alone you want us all dead here's some news I'm not going anywhere soon if I have any say in it still here
    Smiddy
    20th Mar 2016
    8:05pm
    Biddy Im not normally one to Judge however i wil in this case, This girl friend of friends etc, is up to number 8 child..Most get adopted out FCS Ice Addict , god help the kids , and does it for the $$$$ I'm sorry i do believe in sterilization for some people....... I mean really does it have to get to this???? Popping out kids for money. As for Smoking that debate is getting a bit old now, About time the hit fast Food or some other area, seriously $40 a packet, i hope the Gov gets no money from them if they do that.... some people may need to smoke with their Mental Health , its better than Ice at least
    Biddy
    20th Mar 2016
    8:59am
    I haven't been able to afford new dentures for the last 15 years and find even though you can go to the public hospital system you still have to pay for your dentures nothing is free like the poloticans tell you,they are morons ,a lousy $6 dollars pension rise why bother giving it to us it is the biggest insult you can do,I wish you all knew what a lousy pension you expect us to exsist on shame on you all
    Anonymous
    23rd Mar 2016
    6:01pm
    Biddy I would like to know why you cant afford to get new teeth my wife and I are only on a pension and we have been able to get new teeth under the health system the Government has set up and we live from fortnight to fortnight. Personally I think you have just posted to see you name pop up? Yes the politicians pay and pay rises they get are almost criminal but nothing you say or I say is going to change that, accept what you have been given and be a little grateful that we got anything
    Bazbee
    20th Mar 2016
    9:08am
    Has the rent assistance supplement increased?
    Aussie
    20th Mar 2016
    1:22pm
    Look Here ....

    https://www.dss.gov.au/housing-support/programmes-services/commonwealth-rent-assistance
    Bazbee
    20th Mar 2016
    1:37pm
    Increased by about $2 f/n. I can finally afford to rent that penthouse I've been eyeing off.
    Adrianus
    21st Mar 2016
    10:01am
    Bazbee, welfare is a safety net. It's not there for lavish lifestyles like the kardashions.
    particolor
    21st Mar 2016
    1:07pm
    Your Bosses Safety Net has got a Gaping Big Hole in it Frank ! :-( :-(
    Jen50
    20th Mar 2016
    9:30am
    I wonder why there is a 4 year waiting period for dental treatment in some areas when in our area my husband and my late mother-in-law always got appointments straight away when they needed them and then received letters in between treatments saying they were on top of the waiting list if they would like to make an appointment (presumably for just a checkup). My husband received one of those letters out of the blue a couple of weeks ago day from the clinic in Ashburton, Victoria. I guess most people in this area can afford private dental care and don't use the clinic, but surely they could link up and redirect people needing treatment to areas like Ashburton where they are just trying to fill in the spaces with routine checkups. It is terribly unfair that someone in the northern suburbs has to wait 4 years for vital treatment when someone in the south-eastern suburbs is offered an appointment without even asking for it.
    particolor
    20th Mar 2016
    11:49pm
    You must live on another Planet ! :-) I've given up in NSW ! :-( :-(
    Might move to Lakemba ? I'll get STRAIGHT IN ! :-)
    nena
    20th Mar 2016
    10:35am
    Yep, particolor, The gov tactic is that hopefully you would die before the 4 years. Without good teeth you are likely to get sick and may cost more to keep you, so their hopes are clear.
    Jolly
    20th Mar 2016
    10:38am
    Can somebody help me with this question.
    I am 67 and working, my wife is 59(60 in Dec.) Now I would like to retire. But what sort of pension am I entitled to?
    johninmelb
    20th Mar 2016
    12:58pm
    Gather up all your financial information, and go down to Centrelink on Tuesday. (I think they are on strike Monday)

    Unfortunately you will have to wait to see a staff member, so take a book, or your iPod.

    They will be more than happy to talk you through your options and work out what pension you are entitled to.

    If your need is not urgent, then call the Centrelink Financial Service and make an appointment. I can't speak for all offices, but the guy in my local office is a gem. Not only a nice, pleasant person, but also very helpful, and runs though all the scenarios with me, and gives me copies of his calculations to take home.

    They are a nightmare organisation to deal with most of the time, but there are helpful people there in amongst the dross.
    ray from Bondi
    20th Mar 2016
    11:15am
    rejoice our benevolent masters have given us an increase before many people lose it next year if on part pension, yes I am so happy. As I am, just like the swindle when the government, Labor I think crowed about giving single pensioners an increase, they paid for it by reducing what married people received yes I was so happy being a married person, if the goverment says they are doing you a favour run a mile, they will get back double.
    Troubadour
    20th Mar 2016
    11:27am
    What is the matter with all you people - just using this as a grouch forum or 'knock the government. OK $5.20 ea not much but better than zilch - we are a Aged Pensioner couple,
    renting and manage, OK we do not have luxeries or for that matter cannot afford a holiday anymore, but we are sure better off than the aged in many countries who do not get anything at all. As for the Dental issue there is government assistance if you need it.
    particolor
    20th Mar 2016
    11:26pm
    WE DIDNT WORK AND PAY TAXES IN ANOTHER COUNTRY ! THIS IS AUSTRALIA !! Pollies just gave themselves $200.00 a week ! ?? their Food must be %98 dearer than ours ?? :-(
    AussieTuca
    20th Mar 2016
    11:35am
    There is a way, very simple: have someone to knock your teeth out of their sockets with a good punch and you can apply for emergency dental service in any government dental clinic. Emergency services are (almost) immediate :/), :/)
    Old Sailor Bushie
    20th Mar 2016
    11:56am
    What is wrong with the Nation at this juncture --and, of course this includes it's care of all classifications of the genuinely indigent, however they got that way-- is that somewhere along the way the concept of the 'fair go' got blurred. Time for a reality check. Other countries have faced the same questions, and it must be said have found better answers, reflected in the proportion of their citizens who say they are happy in being so. I would single-out Denmark --an industrialised country whose citizens recently recorded the world's highest contentment rating in the U.N.'s annual survey of this factor. Their Parliamentary makeup (a very high proportion of Independent, non-Party-aligned Parliamentarians, and a tradition of preference for MINORITY Governments); Personal and Corporate Taxation (much higher than Australia's) Labour Laws (great emphasis on flexibility of hiring & firing, but with efficient compensation for the insecurity of job-tenure); Strong supervision of efficiency in Public Administration (with Public Servants required generally to be as efficient as they would require to be in Private Enterprise). As Australian voters, we need to quit 'barraking' for Political 'Teams'; hold our Politically-derived administrative system(s) up to the light of day and compare them to the performance achieved elsewhere: then make the necessary changes --in the first instance-- to our grass-roots politics and our voting patterns. Electing a succession of promissory Party-Based Majority Governments hasn't worked for us, but rather for those who would plunder this land's immense resources (and those Australians in name only,who would prefer to be flattered by them. and publicly petted or praised by them in international fora, as opposed to applying themselves to Nation-Building and defending the National interest). Sniping at one another and fighting over crumbs (as in here) won't do what is ever-more-urgently required for our country. It starts with YOU.
    DaveL
    20th Mar 2016
    12:21pm
    On 2nd July DO NOT VOTE LNP, Labor or Greens in the Senate at least. Ensure some down to earth are elected. Unfortunately there is a Political class in Australia who are propped up by Business and Unions and have lost the human touch.
    Murphy
    20th Mar 2016
    12:47pm
    If only Tanya P hadn't canned the EPC Dental Scheme - you would have been entitled to $4000 dental over a 2 year period. Apparently it was costing the government too much money on those of us with "1 foot in the ...." so the dollars were redirected to school age children - another worthy recipient of dental dollars but why did the OAP have to lose out totally ?

    The Feds directed the States to pay for OAP Dental, hence you will need to contact the Dental Unit at your local Public hospital. If you are in pain you will go on the short list and treatment will be free. Other than that I would contact my local Dentist and get a price for the removal of 3 teeth. It is probably under $600 if that is all you require.
    KB
    20th Mar 2016
    1:11pm
    If you have a concession card then you should be eligible for dental health services. The maximum charge is 155 for any dental work. If you are in pain then they will see you straight away. There ate some dentists who take concession cards you can enter into a payment plan.
    bandy
    20th Mar 2016
    1:34pm
    No comments from Bonny or Robbo Im very disappointed(no show without Punch & Judy)must be sunday
    Gra
    20th Mar 2016
    2:41pm
    Bonny is still in bed with her toy boy.
    Anonymous
    20th Mar 2016
    6:49pm
    intelligent? comment, what else could you expect of gra, it shows how far one can fall in the comments to this question!
    FM
    20th Mar 2016
    2:14pm
    Helpful information for those for whom it is relevant.
    sticko
    20th Mar 2016
    3:07pm
    WOW, ARE THEY SURE THEY CAN AFFORD IT?
    particolor
    20th Mar 2016
    11:02pm
    You couldn't even put a Deposit on a Cigar to Celebrate with $6.90 ! :-) :-)
    HarrysOpinion
    20th Mar 2016
    3:18pm
    What $10.20 increase? I can see only $6.90 for a single pensioner which is only a 0.81% bi-annual increase on the Pension and 0.78% bi-annual increase on the Supplement.
    jonno1_au
    20th Mar 2016
    3:26pm
    Just a note to all the pensioners out there don't spend the March 2016 increase too quickly. Gee it's not as much as their $118,000 a year pension.
    Hairy
    20th Mar 2016
    4:21pm
    OMG I will be able to go to Parliament House and get one, yes1 of those cheap dinners the pollies get,how thrilling.but you know what I would give them the money back if I could just take my pick of one of them and watch them swallow the money in two bob bits one at a time.wishing they would fricken choke on it.maggots they are and will never be anything else.
    Leanne
    20th Mar 2016
    4:44pm
    In Queensland worth contacting the dental hospital or the qld govt dental clinics. My disability support pensioner son had work done. He waited about a year but was quoted $4000 through private dentists which he could not afford so the Qld dental was very helpful for him. Husband and I pay for private dentist - even with private insurance still very expensive but one of the expenses we considerate important on our pension is our health insurance.
    Smiddy
    20th Mar 2016
    7:57pm
    These pensioners with private health where are you getting the money from??? that's not cheap. Then there is out of pocket gaps?.......I use medicare bulk billing, thank god for universal health. As for Dental well...... The Salvation Army last paid for mine $500. Mick i do not have extra money for Dental work...it adds up to a lot, Yes Public is cheap @ $35.00 a hit i a grateful, But i wish it fell under Medicare for Pensioners. Price of Power these days is what kills me, and utility bills.. Anyhow I don't like the we are living ok scenario......Many are not and are just surviving, if you have another person sharing that helps... On that note I'm of to spend my $6 on a few Potatoe Cakes from my chippy!!!! I'm hungry
    Young Simmo
    20th Mar 2016
    6:32pm
    OK, getting back to a more serious matter, can anybody tell me how much assistance Centrelink will give me in getting my wife's GOPHER ungraded for a 6 Cylinder, to a Vee 8 ?
    She likes watching kids do Smokies on TV, and wants to try it.
    particolor
    20th Mar 2016
    11:35pm
    Save Your New Reward Money of 32 Cents a day simmo !!
    You'll have enough for an upgrade in about 40 Years :-) :-)
    Young Simmo
    20th Mar 2016
    11:54pm
    Small problem Parti, at 76 I only give myself 10 minutes to 10 years, so maybe I can buy some window cleaner for the Rear View mirror.
    particolor
    21st Mar 2016
    12:06am
    Wasn't a bad Movie that Simmo ! "The Rear Window " Grace Kelly.
    Its midnight here ! Now I'm listening to the News ... .. Pensioner will get a rise in accordance with the CPI and the cost of living ? They forgot to tell us which Planet ?? :-)
    Young Simmo
    21st Mar 2016
    12:17am
    Arrrr, you got me on that one Parti.
    I thought "The Rear Window" was about those strange people that Potato Head, wants to open the back door for. I still think the Back Door is harder to get into than the front Door, mainly because the keys are different.
    particolor
    21st Mar 2016
    12:21am
    Boats were too Slow He Flies them in now ..Bulk !! Must have got a SPECIAL from the UN ! :-(
    Young Simmo
    21st Mar 2016
    1:51pm
    OK, I will have to drop this project because I have just been advised that going from a 6 Cyl to a Vee 8, will increase my pension bracket and I will get a pension reduction. Strange, I thought that the 16 retiring politicians that are going to get $118,000.00 per year for the rest of their lives might have dobbed in 5 bucks each. Yes, that makes me a lousy judge.
    That $118,000.00 is not too bad, when I stopped work my pay stopped.

    20th Mar 2016
    7:37pm
    if you can't live on to-days pension, please get yourself on a budget, look back to your last job and compare your wages to the pension you are now receiving. if your job paid more you are a dodo to take the pension.
    Smiddy
    20th Mar 2016
    7:49pm
    My last job was 1989 lol how is that relevant??
    Smiddy
    20th Mar 2016
    7:49pm
    My last job was 1989 lol how is that relevant??
    Greg
    20th Mar 2016
    9:51pm
    I'm still working so no issue at the moment but I worked out our (wife and I) livings expenses - came to $33500. We don't go out much, live a basic life I guess but have top level private health...$33500 wow that's around the current aged pension so we should be good when the time comes.
    particolor
    20th Mar 2016
    10:44pm
    STREWTH Greg ! Where did you get that info from ? Try $22,000 a Year ! I'm afraid you will have to downgrade a Tad ! :-( :-(
    Bazbee
    21st Mar 2016
    8:58am
    Ridiculous comment from heemskerk99 in Troll Land.
    in2sunset
    25th Mar 2016
    12:53pm
    Particolor - you are talking about single pension rate. Greg is referring to couples rate.
    Smiddy
    20th Mar 2016
    7:46pm
    Hello my fellow pensioners, that time of year is it again? i got a few email alerts !Spend you $6 carefully....I will buy me an Extra Potato cake on fish n chippy night ! .... To the Politicians well it's prob spare change lying on their bedroom floors.
    particolor
    20th Mar 2016
    10:49pm
    They are that Scungy they would pick it up ! :-( Wouldn't leave it for the Poor Cleaner :-( :-(
    particolor
    20th Mar 2016
    10:50pm
    Well al I can say is.." WOW !"
    Pat D
    21st Mar 2016
    7:48am
    This will start at the same time as my health insurance premium increase of $5 per fortnight that I've just been informed about. Still I guess I'm ahead $1.40. Will that cover CPI increases on luxuries like food?.
    particolor
    21st Mar 2016
    1:03pm
    No Way Known ! The Pension "Rise" is Always timed for just before Food Rise Time ! :-( You are going Backwards at a Rate of Knots ! :-( :-(
    gonebush
    21st Mar 2016
    8:24am
    Well well,big deal now you have this massive pension rise ,see how much your perscriptions will cost to fill the next time you go to the chemist ,and watch for other hidden costs as they seem to rise every time we the pensioner get a so call increase,sick of hearing about pollies getting pay rises the one that hurts really is when so called retired pollies get in allowance to live after they leave the parliament and for live as well ex prime ministers ,etc
    bletch
    21st Mar 2016
    10:44am
    Wow oh Wow oh wow I can hardly wait to buy a snickers bar now with the extra money.
    Does anyone know if they are on sale somewhere cheap ????
    particolor
    21st Mar 2016
    12:50pm
    You should give yourself a Break and get ONE Kit Kat for 5 Bucks ! :-) :-)
    Smiddy
    21st Mar 2016
    10:52am
    Hi Again particolor, I know your prob right!! If your in housing also, that cheaps up about $2.00 so make that 1 potato cake :(
    particolor
    21st Mar 2016
    12:55pm
    Actually I feel Blessed that we got ANTHING At All !!
    After the Rent Grab I will have a Fiver left for LUXURIES :-) :-)
    Problem is they don't pack Lamb Chops in Singles ! :-(
    bletch
    21st Mar 2016
    10:53am
    I am so happy to get $6.40 a fortnight when my private health went up as well.
    I wonder what the labour costs are to implement this massive rise?
    This makes me really want to vote for this government this election now.

    FAT CHANCE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!HELL WILL FREEZE OVER FIRST !!!!!!
    bletch
    21st Mar 2016
    11:19am
    And if you are REALLY REALLY GOOD boys and girls then you might get a whole $6 more in about 6 years time !!!!!!!
    Won't that be fantastic !!!
    particolor
    21st Mar 2016
    12:58pm
    As an old Train Driver I'm CHOOFED ! :-) :-)
    jamesmn
    21st Mar 2016
    11:23am
    mick you are unbelievable most of us pensioners who are on a disability pension or what ever have worked their butt of and now need some help in their older years not like the dole bludgers of today some of have never done a days work in their life.
    particolor
    21st Mar 2016
    12:43pm
    And by the looks of them around here NEVER WILL !! :-(
    Can't eat bricks
    21st Mar 2016
    1:45pm
    Bad hygiene is why your teeth are bad. I used to go to the dentist every 4 to 5 years and did'nt need any fillings brush your bloody teeth!!!
    Young Simmo
    21st Mar 2016
    1:57pm
    Can't eat bricks, that is a dumb, stupid statement that tells me why you Can't eat bricks. Now listen Carefully, some people get cancer and some people don't. Some people live to 50 years, and some live to 100 years. I could go on an on but, am hopeful that you might comprehend what I have dribbled.
    particolor
    21st Mar 2016
    2:31pm
    Do Carry on Simmo ! I can think of at least a thousand more reasons :-)
    Young Simmo
    21st Mar 2016
    2:56pm
    Yeh Parti, trouble is, when the penny drops they change their tag, Can't eat bricks might become, "Just ate a brick".
    Mez
    21st Mar 2016
    2:15pm
    What about Rent Assistance increase which is badly overdue and especially with the last decade of HUGE INCREASES IN RENTS with increases in property prices!
    Brue
    21st Mar 2016
    11:03pm
    I am nearly having a heart attack wondering what I am going to do with all that increase in money. Considering politicians can give themselves $6800.00 increase.
    particolor
    21st Mar 2016
    11:14pm
    You will be able to buy 1 Murdoch Newspaper a Week with it ! Now be Satisfied ! :-)
    Adrianus
    22nd Mar 2016
    8:50am
    Brue, you make a good point. Politician's remuneration is based on that of the Public Service sector.
    I remember the Gillard government justifying their 34% increase by saying it was just a catch up increase on the back of increases in PS wages.
    Well the Public Service are striking for better wages and conditions now so we can only hope this government doesn't buckle to the Unions demands.
    Unfortunately Pensioners cant go on strike.
    bletch
    22nd Mar 2016
    9:38am
    Correct Frank BUT WE CAN VOTE!
    Adrianus
    22nd Mar 2016
    9:07pm
    That's good. Many people don't know how to vote. :)
    particolor
    22nd Mar 2016
    9:16pm
    Yes ! We noticed that last election ! :-( :-(

    22nd Mar 2016
    7:42pm
    welcome to whinger's corner of your lifeChoises, reading some of the comments I recommend that they make this into a t.v. program, comments of say particolor $ 22000 for a married couple, fully well knowing he or she is lying through their teeth, pardon the punt, true figure is $ 34252.40 a year and as for no brains, paying $ 6.20 for a potato cake, fools are born every day, I am afraid for once of having to agree with labor mick, hope he does not read this comment, in regard to is it that hard to assist with the cost of your treatment.when will the me, me population start to realize that the overall good of Australia should take preference, as I said before, if you can't live on the australian pension, one of the most generous pensions in this world and yes we always want more, nobody will stop you from living overseas.
    particolor
    22nd Mar 2016
    8:03pm
    Wake Up Yer Goose I never said a Married Couple I said a Single Person And if You read it Incorrectly and couldn't work out what I meant? Get some New Glasses and get to the Shrink ! :-)
    particolor
    22nd Mar 2016
    8:05pm
    PS... Arent you due back at Headquarters ? :-)
    Young Simmo
    22nd Mar 2016
    10:29pm
    heemskerk99, sorry but I'm going to blow the whistle on you. Since you won that $1 million in lotto, your fat head has got bigger and now you suddenly put yourself way above everybody else. A year ago you were bellyaching about the pension not being enough money to exist on. Now since your win, you are above everybody else and living in La-La land. Come back to the real world.

    Parti, us normal people just have to make allowances for those others.
    Yours truly, WHINGER EXSTROADINAIR.
    particolor
    22nd Mar 2016
    10:39pm
    I just heard on the News what the Rabid Dogs have done in Brussels now ! :-( :-( :-(..When Will The World WAKE UP TO THEM ??? :-( :-(
    Anonymous
    23rd Mar 2016
    2:46pm
    whinge, whinge, whinge what a boring life you people must have, wake up to yourself and start enjoying life, it is short enough as it is.
    Anonymous
    23rd Mar 2016
    2:55pm
    as for particolor's comment, greg clearly stated him and his wife, to me that is a couple, pension for a couple is around $34000.00 a year, me think you better get new glasses and learn to speak the truth for once.
    particolor
    23rd Mar 2016
    8:21pm
    :-P
    Anonymous
    24th Mar 2016
    6:56pm
    typical answer of a person having exhausted his or her's mental capacities.
    Charlie
    24th Mar 2016
    7:33pm
    This must be the longest strand in history all about how the pension is inadequate protection against the money grabbers.

    I just started working out my electricity, my pension rebate was $80, the service fee was $106 and the meter reading fee was $6.00.

    So electricity fees $112, pension rebate $80 means that means MY ELECTRICITY REBATE DOESN'T EVEN BEGIN TO PAY FOR ELECTRICITY, IT IS $32 SHORT OF EVEN PAYING THE SERVICE FEE.

    THANKYOU MR ERGON, SO HOW ABOUT GETTING THE SERVICE FEE OFF THE GOVERNMENT SO MY ELECTRICITY REBATE CAN BEGIN TO PAY FOR SOME ELECTRICITY.
    in2sunset
    25th Mar 2016
    1:01pm
    Charlie - my electricity service fee has increased 297% in 4 years. I get sick and tired of hearing them boast about how the kw rate has dropped (by .06 cent!) but they very conveniently overlook the huge increases with other fees.
    particolor
    25th Mar 2016
    4:47pm
    Exactly ! And it matters not how much You use :-( :-(
    Young Simmo
    25th Mar 2016
    5:15pm
    Just deviating a little bit, I saw that one very deserving struggling family won Thurs $40 million. While I am very happy for those people, I would much rather see it go to something like 22 families. If not, after the first Division gets to 10 Million leave it there and spread the rest among the other divisions. I know the majority of the population agree with me, but a hand full of swollen headed d**kheads in the Lotteries Commission like to throw their weight around.
    OK, I'll start counting .How many of you agree or disagree with me.
    particolor
    25th Mar 2016
    5:26pm
    Well I agree with You :-) The Minor Prizes are Garbage anyhow ! :-( They don't even pay for the Ticket You took ? :-( And some people say Wow I won $10.60 in lotto, and I say back its a Bloody pity the ticket cost You 28 Bucks :-( ... Loser !! :-)
    Now back to My Halal Cadburys Easter Eggs ! :-)
    Adrianus
    25th Mar 2016
    6:16pm
    Absolutely Young Simmo. With that sort of attitude I hope you win the next $40m :)

    25th Mar 2016
    8:52pm
    the question asked of this forum was in regard to the increase of the pension, yet young simmo is upset about the prices paid in tats lotto,and of course, particolor, in his quest to better labor mick's record of more than 60% of the contributions? to any of these forums, agrees with him, is it any wonder this country is going down the chute with people unable to appreciate that this country's pension is one of the most generous in the modern world, love to see simmo and particolor survive in africa, america or even in those so-called heavens as Denmark or Sweden on the pensions those countries pay, keep on whinging and when you find a better country to live, please p... off and don't come back whinging.
    particolor
    25th Mar 2016
    8:56pm
    YES SUH !!
    Young Simmo
    25th Mar 2016
    9:41pm
    Quick heemskerk99, press the button and call your nurse, otherwise you will fall out of your bed and wont be able to attend your Mental Stability Class tomorrow.
    I will give you a challenge, post an Intelligent Sensible comment.
    I know it is a big ask, so I'll give you a week.
    sticko
    26th Mar 2016
    1:21pm
    My pension was 99 cents more this week. How come we always have to wait and the Pollies pay rises are instant.
    Young Simmo
    26th Mar 2016
    2:15pm
    Yes sticko, also when you stopped working your pay stopped. When Pollies stop work their pay keeps coming for the rest of their lives. At least we are honest, and Pollies are greedy thieving blood suckers.
    Anonymous
    26th Mar 2016
    5:42pm
    sticko, increase started on the 20th of march 2016, as for whinger young simmo, reading his comments of being so honest, I would love to meet a dishonest person.
    particolor
    26th Mar 2016
    7:43pm
    IGNORE Him Simmo He Is SUPER GLUED ON TO HIS PARTY !!
    GOODBYE !!
    Young Simmo
    26th Mar 2016
    8:07pm
    Yeh parti, a 7 day old brain in a 70 year old body, no hope really.
    particolor
    26th Mar 2016
    8:29pm
    My Granma said " "What's Instant about this ****** Pudding ? It took Me 30 Minutes to make it ? " :-) :-)
    Anonymous
    27th Mar 2016
    6:09pm
    simmo make sure you don't fall of your horse, then again no brains so it won't hurt you
    Young Simmo
    1st May 2016
    11:50pm
    heemskerk99, tell us when you go from Kindergarten to Primary School and then we can talk to you at your level. Thank goodness all the dumb idiots are over east, and not in WA.
    HIC, HIC.
    Agree Parti,,,,,,,,,,,, Oop's, I beta go to bed.
    MJM
    27th Mar 2016
    7:23am
    Reading some of these comments... Why didn't you look after your teeth and why should the government pay for them?? Some of you on the pension are no worse than the younger dole bludger!! Obviously with 3 rotting teeth you don't really give a shit so why should anyone else. Leave them long enough and they will give you abscesses poison your bloodstream go to your heart and kill you !!!
    eggles01
    1st May 2016
    10:34pm
    i do not know how many pensioners in australia know how the march and september pensions are worked out,but i can tell you what is NOT included via the cpi,1/electricity/gas increases is not, 2/petrol/diesel/lpg,they classifies these items as being too highly volatile,so they are also not included for the cpi increases but when those prices go down they lower the cpi so they lower the increase...
    particolor
    1st May 2016
    11:48pm
    I cant see 1 Iota of difference in the Pension ?? :-(
    eggles01
    18th Jun 2016
    12:19am
    to those out there with bad teeth,if you any form of diabetes or chronic heart problems you can go to your doctor and let him see your teeth and if he/she thinks they may be an added danger to your health they can refer you to a hospital dental clinic which would get you in well ahead of any one that just booked for minor dental problems,try it it will not cost you for asking,I have been told that if there is no hospital in your area or close by you can get a voucher to see a local dentist,you can contact via phone call to your health minister and they should be able to fill you in on the details
    particolor
    18th Jun 2016
    1:11pm
    I'm STILL WAITING FOR A PENSION RISE ?? :-( :-( :-(


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