13th May 2014
Changes to pensions
Changes to pensions

Fulfilling its commitment to not make any changes to pensions in its first term, most of the changes announced in the Federal Budget 2014 will not take effect until September 2017. The measures to make pensions more sustainable include increasing eligibility age, indexation calculations and removal of certain supplements.

Increase in the Age Pension eligibility age
As previously announced, the age at which Australians will be able to claim the Age Pension will rise to 70 by 2035. This is an extension of the previous Government’s raising of the eligibility age to 67. Eligibility age will now be as detailed in the table below:

People born between Eligible for the Age Pension at age
1 July 1952 and 31 December 1953 65.5
1 January 1954 and 30 June 1955 66
1 July 1955 and 31 December 1956 66.5
1 January 1957 and 30 June 1958 67
1 July 1958 and 31 December 1959 67.5
1 January 1960 and 30 June 1961 68
1 July 1961 and 31 December 1962 68.5
1 January 1963 and 30 June 1964 69
1 July 1964 and 31 December 1965 69.5
1 January 1966 and later 70



Asset and income test thresholds
As part of the Federal Budget 2014, the indexation of asset and income thresholds will be fixed from 1 July 2017 for a period of three years. This means that increases in income and assets of an individual or couple over these three years could result in a reduction of the Age Pension, Carer Payment, Service Pension or Disability Support Pension.

The family home, if a principle place of residence, will not be included in the pension asset test.


Pension indexation
From 1 July 2017, increases to pensions, including the Age Pension and Disability Support Pension, will only be linked to inflation and will not be benchmarked to Male Total Average Weekly Earnings (MTAWE). Over the previous four years to March 2014, benchmarking to MTAWE has resulted in pension payments over that period totalling $2000 more than they would have been if linked only to inflation.


Changes to deeming thresholds
For the purposes of the pension income test, the Government will change how it deems the return from a person’s financial assets. From September 2017, the deeming thresholds will be reset from $46,600 to $30,000 for singles and from $77,400 to $50,000 for couples. This essentially means that income above such thresholds will attract the higher deeming rate, which is currently 3.5 per cent.


Clean Energy Supplement
While it remains the Government’s intention to abolish the carbon tax, it has committed to maintaining the Clean Energy Supplement, which will now be called the Energy Supplement, at current levels.


Commonwealth Seniors Health Cards
Following through on its election promise to index the eligibility thresholds for Commonwealth Seniors Health Cards (CSHC), this will be implemented as part of the Federal Budget 2014 and will take place from September 2014.

While this may assist more self-funded retirees to become eligible for a CSHC, the payment of the annual Seniors Supplement will cease after this year’s payment in June. The Seniors Supplement is currently $876.20 for singles and $1320.80 for couples combined, per annum.

Editor's note: The Seniors Supplement is paid only to Commonwealth Seniors Health Card holders and is not the same as the Pension Supplement which is paid to those who are eligible for a pension.





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    Robbo
    14th May 2014
    9:40am
    from politicians who just gave themselves a $70000 raise and get ^$250 a day living away allowance shows mean/cavalier attitude to the people they represent. they do not have to wait any time for their pensions and gold cards. poor public transport, especially rural, makes owning a car essential and again it costs more to live as a poor person pro rata than a rich person. you, the public voted them in and we have to suffer...thanks a lot. REMEMBER NEXT TIME YOU VOTE (my personal belief is that all pollis are b......s)
    LENYJAC
    14th May 2014
    10:59am
    I WILL SAY IT FOR YOU ROBBO THEY ARE ALL FULL OF BULLSHIT
    particolor
    14th May 2014
    5:16pm
    Any knowledgeable Person could have Smelled the coming Bullshit long before the Election! Doubling their Ludicrous Pay in a Year should have been enough Hint for most?..
    But NO !! Most voters couldn't see the Earth for the Clouds !!
    I for 1 saw that Pinocchio and The Stealth Bomber were in Cohorts with Needle Nose and Tweedle Dum. .. Go out in a Blaze of Glory and leave the same Legacy for the Incumbents!! Any wonder They all went HEAR! HEAR!! when it was Announced !!.. I would Have Yelled out HEAR! HEAR !! HEAR !!! if I just got awarded 140,000 Gorillas by.. AN INDEPENDANT COMITTEE.. Save Me !!!!
    Dotty
    14th May 2014
    9:45pm
    I agree with you holeheartedly and more !
    They have their raise in salary and then take from us poor so that they can be richer!!
    Also they don,t have to worry about the index on petrol as they are provided with a Car and fuel to run it and all the rest of the perk,s they get !
    I certainly wasn,t one that voted them in ! Dotty
    Nan Norma
    14th May 2014
    10:41am
    Have to agree with Robbo 100% Although I can manage, thanks to some good luck, I feel for many of my friends that are already struggling. The pensioners paying rent, I really fear for. We will be hearing of more suicides. It isn't the aged pensioners that should be made to suffer. The middle and upper class have been given too many welfare payments that aged pensions were never given. They have become accustomed to these payments to fund their private schools and middle class houses. Never have I been so angry with politicians. I hope all the senior organizations revolt.
    in2sunset
    14th May 2014
    11:58am
    Totally agree - I am approaching 62, single female, practically no super, and mortgage, face losing job in 5 months. And no - I do not gamble, drink, bet, or smoke, or take holidays. Lived on a farm helping my parents for years till we lost it all, super was unheard of. I have taken the morning off work to spend with an Aged pensioner friend who is so distraught as to how she is going to manage. She barely manages now, and she is extremely frugal. Her physical and mental health are now in jeopardy, and she has talked of 'ending this humiliation of existing, not living'. And this is Australia? Lucky country? - only if you happen to be in politics.
    Nan Norma
    14th May 2014
    12:20pm
    Yes, All this while are new 'migrants' are well looked after. Shame on the goverment. Damn shame.
    MITZY
    14th May 2014
    5:17pm
    Totally agree also. These Jesuits have no empathy, no idea of "sharing" how they have the gall to front up at church on Sundays beggars belief. It's a wonder the priest doesn't toss them out this week-end. Pope Francis should ex-communicate them, they are all worthless individuals (putting it mildly).
    Budwah
    14th May 2014
    11:02am
    If this happened in any other country there would be mass rallies of protest in the streets.
    Nan Norma
    14th May 2014
    11:23am
    Yes they would. We are too laid back here. Time we stopped saying "She'll be right mate" because she won't be right. $70,000 raise and what do we do -nothing.
    particolor
    14th May 2014
    5:25pm
    That was only a Piker Raise Nan !! compared to one that Needle Nose gave themselves before the Election !!.. 140,000 Large. Thank You Tax Tax TAX Payers !!
    tia-maria
    14th May 2014
    11:07am
    I am so bloody disguested.............. with this Liberal bunch PM Abbott and Jo Hockey ........to even think about touching any retired pensioners........... and making things much harder let alone cutting any service from the pensioners.........The last few years (because we cant afford private health) we needed to see two specialist and urgent surgery..... we borrow funds to go private this is a battle for any pensioner in our situation......Out politicians dont give a Damm what happens to us retired men and women as we are costing them too much????? what a bloody joke we cost them??? what about their pensions and Perks???
    Nan Norma
    14th May 2014
    11:20am
    tia-maria. I feel like you. Abbott and Joe are the most uncaring greedy selfish bunch I've ever known in government.
    tia-maria
    14th May 2014
    11:23am
    thanks Nan Norma
    in2sunset
    14th May 2014
    11:52am
    I find the only people who complain about anyone getting any kind of Aged Pension - are those people wealthy enough not to NEED a pension
    tia-maria
    14th May 2014
    12:10pm
    in2sunset,
    Spot On Mate.........I have notice today not many Liberal voters are on line
    cosluv
    14th May 2014
    12:49pm
    tia-maria
    LNP voters are keeping their heads down at the moment.
    particolor
    14th May 2014
    6:43pm
    HMM?? Should we give them The Right of Reply Cosluv ??
    Fran
    14th May 2014
    11:17am
    With all this whining going on, just stop and think about the people who have no problem putting their hand out for the pension, while owning this that and the other (both relatives and friends of mine) I feel they just think they are entitiled to it no matter what. I had to lay my bank statements etc., for Dept. to peruse. Do these spongers lie to them, or have very shifty accountants? Hopefully these people will be weeded out, therefore leaving more money in the pot for people who really need it.
    tia-maria
    14th May 2014
    11:24am
    Dizzy I am a dizzy reading your comment mate??
    Nan Norma
    14th May 2014
    11:36am
    Nan Norma
    14th May 2014
    11:31am
    removeDizzy, How can you call us "whining" We are defending aged pensioners. Like you, I know people that are ripping us all off. But that doesn't mean everybody is doing it. The goverment is looking into disabled pensioners under 35, but I wish they would look at some older people that have been claiming for years whilst working on the side, even having their partner claiming a carer pension etc. That makes my blood boil
    tia-maria
    14th May 2014
    11:52am
    Nan Norma,
    We all need to take a stand............. and unfortunately I dont think dizzy getting the message?????? pensioners have earned what they receive from our bloody politicians...............yes their been many who been able fit work cash in the hand, but too many have ripped the system and the genuine pensioners still struggle on.
    grumpy old woman
    14th May 2014
    11:35am
    I am just getting by with the current pension, one of my biggest expenses being medical. To drop the Seniors' Supplement will reduce my single pension by $33 per fortnight, but then they have slung a $7 per visit charge onto medical appointments. So is it - if you are not 100% healthy, just suffer and die?
    Nan Norma
    14th May 2014
    11:53am
    Enough to make anyone a grumpy old woman. I have a chronic illness that I've had all my life so like you I will be stabbed twice. I would die without the drugs. Joe Hockey you have no idea what misery you are causing.
    tia-maria
    14th May 2014
    11:54am
    grumpy old, I understand you loud and clear........again our liberal politicians dont give a damm in hell about us...........
    tia-maria
    14th May 2014
    11:57am
    Nan Norma, I have chronic health issues all from the young age of 14 years I also understand your pain......but again Abbott and Hockey are sitting back laughing at us.......just maybe they want us 6 foot under so they can save on more dollars.
    Debbie McTaggart
    14th May 2014
    11:58am
    The Seniors Supplement which is being withdrawn after June this year is only paid to Commonwealth Seniors Health Card holders, this is is not the pension supplement which is paid to those who receive a pension.
    tia-maria
    14th May 2014
    12:11pm
    Thanks Debbie, its been a little difficulity understanding what is is all about cheers
    particolor
    14th May 2014
    5:39pm
    If You are right Debbie You have just Saved a lot of My Friends and People on this Site a lot of Pain and Worry ..Than You !! Parti..
    And I hope for once all Pensioner read this entire Page before putting Gob in Gear !!.
    Where's all the Libs ?? Frightened they might get an Ear Full ??..
    As I said I voted for the HAIRY NOSED WOMBAT PARTI.......
    in2sunset
    14th May 2014
    11:50am
    The Aged Pension is made up of (per fortnight, for a single) -
    Base rate - 766.00
    Pension Suppliment 62.90
    Clean Energy Suppliment 13.90
    With the Seniors Suppliment being axed - is this the same as the Pension Suppliment? Does this mean that Aged Pensioners will lose $62.90 per fortnight???
    Nan Norma
    14th May 2014
    11:55am
    YES, scary isn't it?
    Debbie McTaggart
    14th May 2014
    11:58am
    The Seniors Supplement which is being withdrawn after June this year is only paid to Commonwealth Seniors Health Card holders, this is is not the pension supplement which is paid to those who receive a pension.
    Nan Norma
    14th May 2014
    12:18pm
    Debbie, Are you sure about that?
    cosluv
    14th May 2014
    12:41pm
    Commonwealth Seniors Health Cards
    Following through on its election promise to index the eligibility thresholds for Commonwealth Seniors Health Cards (CSHC), this will be implemented as part of the Federal Budget 2014 and will take place from September 2014.

    While this may assist more self-funded retirees to become eligible for a CSHC, the payment of the annual Seniors Supplement will cease after this year’s payment in June. The Seniors Supplement is currently $876.20 for singles and $1320.80 for couples combined, per annum.

    Editor's note: The Seniors Supplement is paid only to Commonwealth Seniors Health Card holders and is not the same as the Pension Supplement which is paid to those who are eligible for a pension.
    cosluv
    14th May 2014
    12:55pm
    ps
    I copied & pasted previous info from article above
    ozirules
    14th May 2014
    12:08pm
    what about working till you're 70....how out of touch with reality are these pollies with all their perks and comforts of life....can they even start to imagine how daunting that prospect is for some people....take for instance the building industry. Look at a concreter, bricklayer or framer. Some of them can hardly stand straight as they approach 60 and I doubt many will have a snowballs chance in Hell of continuing until they are 70. I'll bet the pollies have a nice hidden stat on how much they will save by workers in tough physical and mentally stressful jobs falling off their perch before they reach pension age.. Politicians of all persuasions disgust me.
    Nan Norma
    14th May 2014
    12:24pm
    We are all disgusted.
    cosluv
    14th May 2014
    1:03pm
    consider all the hours that pensioners work in volunteer roles, a lot of that will disappear once people have to be in paid employment until 70. big consequences there.
    only the wealthy are laughing today.
    vote this selfish bunch of liars out.
    Misty
    14th May 2014
    3:57pm
    I think people should be allowed to work until 70 but only if it is what they want and they are fit enough, I worked until I was 65, I am 76 now and my husband worked until he was 71, hard physical labour in the Snowy Mountains, called out at all hours to drive one and half hours to the the Ski Fields to fix the RTA MACHINERY. That was his choice and I understand that a lot of people may not be capable of working until 70 and should not be forced too, any way where will the jobs come from to employ older workers I would like to know. Technology is causing people to lose jobs world wide and will only increase as technology improves. We are part pensioners, took our super as a pension and get a Centrelink top up and find it difficult some weeks to meet commitments so I don't know how people who rely solely on the pension manage, I have 2 sisters who just have the pension only and I know they are struggling now.
    moke
    14th May 2014
    7:06pm
    Work till you're 70, it would be nice if some started work like we did at 18 or so then it would be less unemployment benefits to pay and retirement at 60 or 65 would be better because there would be money to pay pensions, but it seems the Gov is blind. I worked in a place who provided classes for the unemployed, Gov funded and I could not comprehend the attitude of some of the people I had the misfortune to meet. Even the idea of voluntary work I was informed should be paid. and that was in the 90's and I can see that it has only got worse, it seems that it is their right to sit at home with the TV drink smoke and generally not bother. I fear for the coming generations if this attitude is allowed continues. And work for the Dole was a rort for those with money that could get these people to work for them and not have to pay wages.
    in2sunset
    19th May 2014
    11:50am
    If the govt brought back the Pensioner Bonus Scheme, that would be an incentive for me to try and hang on and work a few more years. There is really no incentive now to work to the grave. My brother recently retired at age 70. He had worked all his life on a farm, but lost it a few years ago due to debt & soaring costs. After paying off debts, he had nothing to put into super. But he worked like mad at a meagre paying job, from age 63 - 70, and he saved like crazy. He knew nothing about the Pensioner Bonus Scheme, and I signed him up for it. Getting a hefty amount of $46,600 was like winning Tattslotto, as he hadn't made the choice to work on, he HAD to. Plus the incentive of getting that money really made him stick out the extra years, even though physically he was nearly destroyed. Bring it back, and I BET you will get more people working after age 65. I am 63, and I can tell you now, if it was still available, I would definitely slog on. Now - no incentive to do so.
    cosluv
    14th May 2014
    12:42pm
    totally disgusted
    particolor
    14th May 2014
    6:13pm
    Disgusted is reserved for the Prunes which will be served later !!.. Now eat Your two Minute Noodle !!
    cosluv
    14th May 2014
    12:53pm
    is there a safety net on the $7 co-payment for doctors visits?
    Nan Norma
    14th May 2014
    1:00pm
    Yes, ten weeks.
    cosluv
    14th May 2014
    1:05pm
    as in 10 visits ?
    Nan Norma
    14th May 2014
    1:07pm
    Sorry, meant ten visits.
    Swinging voter
    14th May 2014
    12:58pm
    I think it will be public outrage over twice yearly petrol costs that will be the government's downfall. Isn't it 10 medical visits at $7, plus extra for scripts for pensioners? What about patients of non-bulk billing doctors - an extra $7 for them too for 10 visits? Crikey they must want to be thrown out of government. I for one won't be going to the doctor unless I'm so ill I can't stand up. Probably won't be able to afford the petrol to get there anyway. I'll have to very carefully consider whether or not to go for gp recommended tests. This is a prescription for a sick society.
    Nan Norma
    14th May 2014
    1:05pm
    With extra petrol costs all the prices will increase. My son father of four, already pays over $70 a week in petrol just going to work.
    cosluv
    14th May 2014
    1:38pm
    my gp already charges $17 over sch fee per visit. will go up to $24 with $7 co-payments.
    get all medical tests etc. done asap, before the increase
    Misty
    14th May 2014
    4:15pm
    Pensions are no longer raised in line with the Basic Wage, they will now be indexed to Inflation and we all know that Governments like to keep inflation low so say goodbye to any pension increases. Supermarket costs will go up with the increased fuel excise and all the 350 Big Business will also pass on the costs of Tony Abbott's Paid Parental Leave to us all so here comes Struggle Street for us pensioners.
    Waytoopoortobeme
    14th May 2014
    1:29pm
    Obviously the Liberal party have sold their souls to that She devil Gina Rhinehart
    particolor
    14th May 2014
    5:50pm
    I sit here in Ore at that remark !!
    Misty
    14th May 2014
    6:42pm
    Glad you agree particolor.
    Nan Norma
    14th May 2014
    8:29pm
    Poor woman can't even afford a decent dress.
    Misty
    14th May 2014
    10:09pm
    Or a comb for her hair Aaron.
    particolor
    15th May 2014
    10:28am
    And a Shocking Sense of Smell !!
    particolor
    15th May 2014
    10:29am
    And now to Nightshades Desert Errata !!
    Waytoopoortobeme
    15th May 2014
    12:43pm
    Yes Time to Cut the Fat on the Liberal Partay
    Nightshade
    14th May 2014
    2:11pm
    SKY TV at the news agency 30 min ago -
    Joseph Benedict Hockey said
    CHECK HIS FORM
    "PEOPLE NEED TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY"
    who is he talking about ?
    Who /which people need to take responsibility ?
    THE POLITICAL ARENA THAT ARE ABOUT DESTROYING OUR BELOVED NATION ?
    THE POLITICAL ARENA THAT HAVE GIVEN OUR JOBS AWAY ?
    Nightshade
    14th May 2014
    2:17pm
    Re:-
    FUNDING FOR RESEARCH

    IS THIS FUNDING TO/FOR - IN ACTUAL FACT - MONIES TO THE PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES - VIA EVASIVE AVENUES -WHO ARE ACTUALLY RUNNING THE AUSTRALIAN HEALTHCARE SYSTEM - AS PAYMENT FOR THEIR RUNNING OF THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM ?

    We need to discover where this money will actually end up ?
    Nightshade
    14th May 2014
    2:22pm
    Re:-
    SUPERANNUATION
    WHAT SUPERANNUATION ?
    I PUT IT TO YOU THAT THERE IS NO SUPERANNUATION IN THIS LAND OF MASSIVE UNEMPLOYMENT
    THINK ABOUT IT
    WHO IS CONTRIBUTING TO THE SUPERANNUATION POT
    WHEN THEY ARE ALL UNEMPLOYED
    AND IF NOT YET
    THERE ARE MASSIVE CUTS TO THE PUBLIC SECTOR WORKERS
    NO MORE MIDDLE CLASSES
    THE PROMISE OF THINGS TO COME.
    ha ha ha ha ha suffer - for it is you that has supported these tyrants.
    THE ABC NETWORK IS SOLD
    THE SBS NETWORK IS SOLD - they have not told us yet
    Nightshade
    14th May 2014
    2:32pm
    Re:-
    PRICE RISE IN PETROL -
    YET WE DO NOT CHAMPION CARS LIKE THE HOLDEN VOLT - ???????????
    A NEW & EVOLVING INDUSTRY WHICH WILL
    1:- CREATE JOBS
    2:- PULL OFF AUSTRALIAN ROADS THE PETROL GUZZLERS
    3:- ENCOURAGE & SUPPORT IN REAL NEED & $$$ TERMS ECO POWER GENERATION FOR ALL PURPOSES

    #( SCIENTISTS CREATE WORLDS FIRST "GREEN JET FUEL" USING SUNLIGHT )#

    4:- MAKING CARBON EMISSIONS LESS IN AUSTRALIA
    5:- THE EARNING OF MASSIVE CARBON CREDITS FOR AUSTRALIA
    YET WE ARE LETTING THIS BRILLIANT AUSTRALIAN TECHNOLOGY TO WALK AWAY FROM US.

    THIS IS THE TECHNOLOGY THAT NEEDS FUNDING & NOT THE BULLSHIT RESEARCH .
    Nightshade
    14th May 2014
    2:33pm
    THIS LIBERAL / NATIONAL PARTY WILL NOT LAST LONG -
    I KNOW WHAT I AM SAYING
    JUST WATCH THIS SPACE.
    Nightshade
    14th May 2014
    2:36pm
    FINALLY:-
    DOESN'T OUR JOSEPH BENEDICT HOCKEY PERFORM WELL IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA ?
    HE LITERALLY LIGHTS UP & SHINES
    JUST LIKE PROUDLY CAPTAIN DREADFUL BIBI NETANYAHU & all he need is a superheros costume & some chicken feathers.
    Ira
    14th May 2014
    2:18pm
    $7 a doctors visit may not seem like a lot of money to those that have a regular income but to pensioners it becomes a deal breaker.

    Do I see the doctor or can I pay my electricity bill. Do I buy my usual foods or do I cut back. The health question should not even be raised. It is typical of the Liberal Govt to go for the weakest targets.

    They would not go after the big industry because they can fight back. Look what happened to Rudd when he went after mining. The press killed him (politically).

    Abbot can spend billions on new jet fighters from the USA but he has to cut HEX to the university students. He can load up $70,000 more for him and his mates in government but can cut pensions.

    I think his idea of sharing the pain is not real.
    I cannot see where he is feeling any pain at all. He gets more money ($70K), more support from the big end of town and he gets to kick everyone that can't fight back. For him it's a win - win.

    He hasn't even began with work place "reform" yet. He has lowered the pensions, chopped up education, undermines health, now lets see if he can get rid of minimum wage as well.
    Nightshade
    14th May 2014
    2:39pm
    I look forward to Wednesday
    Because ?
    The word of the week
    It is not here today
    Shit !
    particolor
    14th May 2014
    6:04pm
    The word of the week is CASHCOW !!
    Omi
    14th May 2014
    2:54pm
    I am losing every 2 weeks when the pension supplement goes, I have just checked up on the Centre Link website, I, and so many pensioners with me !!!!! will be poorer by $ 62.90 !!!!! per fortnight! then of course there is the Petrol price rise which will come very soon !!
    Thank you my dear Mr. Abbott and Mr Hockey you both certainly delivered on your promises !! NOT to change the age pension!!
    Also does anyone really believe the scrapping of the carbon tax is going to make one iota of difference to the price of electricity??
    I'm sure the electricity providers will fall all over themselves to reduce the price...yeahh laughing may be !!
    Ohh and I did forget to mention that 'Age pensioners will continue to receive the compensation payment after the carbon tax is scrapped 'so said Mr Hockey'.... how generous....
    iamnotold
    14th May 2014
    3:47pm
    You are not losing $62.90 per fortnight, that's only for self funded retirees.
    Misty
    14th May 2014
    4:22pm
    Don't tell me you actually believe anything this government says, that idea went out the window last night, so much for Integrity and Honesty, someone should have given Tony Abbott and Co a dictionary to see what these words mean as I don't think they have a clue, going on last nights budget.
    moke
    14th May 2014
    7:17pm
    I was informed to day that it is COCKY HOCKY &
    ABBIT RABBIT one to smart and one hopping off scared
    Omi
    14th May 2014
    2:54pm
    I am losing every 2 weeks when the pension supplement goes, I have just checked up on the Centre Link website, I, and so many pensioners with me !!!!! will be poorer by $ 62.90 !!!!! per fortnight! then of course there is the Petrol pricwe rise which will come very soon !!
    Thank you my dear Mr. Abbott and Mr Hockey you both certainly delivered on your promises !! NOT to change the age pension!!
    Also does anyone really believe the scrapping of the carbon tax is going to make one iota of difference to the price of electricity??
    I'm sure the electricity providers will fall all over themselves to reduce the price...yeahh laughing may be !!
    Ohh and I did forget to mention that 'Age pensioners will continue to receive the compensation payment after the carbon tax is scrapped 'so said Mr Hockey'.... how generous....
    in2sunset
    14th May 2014
    6:08pm
    Omi - not correct. You are talking about the PENSION Supplement - that is still in place. It is the SENIORS Supplement which is being withdrawn after June this year (which was paid quarterly). This is only paid to Commonwealth Seniors Health Card holders. You will not be losing $62.90 a fortnight. What is more galling is that future pension rises will be linked to CPI - that will see pensions go backwards very quickly, as costs will continue to rise.
    Blossom
    23rd May 2014
    10:38am
    A big % of the fuel cost is Govt charges, has been for a long time.
    Some states also get tax from fuel too.
    rockin
    14th May 2014
    2:58pm
    What about politicans if they were paid for what they were WORTH they would have to go on the DOLE and that would also be a waste of tax payers money.
    particolor
    14th May 2014
    6:03pm
    To make up for Suffering of the loss of the Pension Supplement and sharing the burden Politicians will Give up One FREE Lunch per Month !!.. There !! Now don't You all feel better now ??.. Like the Old Medicare Motto !!
    MITZY
    15th May 2014
    12:42pm
    particolor the Pension Supplement is still in place, it is the "Seniors" supplement that is abolished at end of June 2014. This is paid to self funded retirees with a health care card, a different card to the pension card.
    particolor
    15th May 2014
    7:34pm
    MITZY..I know THAT !!.. I ever informed others earlier about it !! I was talking about the HCC Folks there !!..Soothing Comforting Words I though ??.. Then Maybe not ??
    tia-maria
    14th May 2014
    3:08pm
    just maybe us retired pensioners should return back to work????????? than maybe we can all start laughing again.........at the bloody stupid politicians ...who thought of this idea......regarding pensioners working to 70 yrs.........
    We can go marching in with a walking frames/stick..some with dementia,unable to bend because of ageing conditions, and what ever else we have wrong with...EVEN LOSS OF MEMORY..........JOKING GUYS
    particolor
    14th May 2014
    6:09pm
    "Bugger !! I'm clumsy now Boss !! I just dropped My False Teeth in that Vat of Beer !!and I think you will find My walking stick in the Gin !!"
    tia-maria
    14th May 2014
    9:05pm
    particolor, at least we can have a little giggle over these out of control so CALL politicians.....................
    Nightshade
    14th May 2014
    3:17pm
    THERE IS NO WHERE TO PUT THIS -
    word of the week spot is not there -
    someone forgot - I bet !

    "Our nation is always prepared to pay it forward." Joseph Benedict Hockey.
    Wiki - Paying it forward is an expression for describing the benefits of a good deed repaying it to others instead of the original benefactor...

    JOSEPH BENEDICT HOCKEY IS RIGHT
    ABSOLUTELY RIGHT

    THE POLITICAL ARENA GAVE AUSTRALIAN MANUFACTURING & I=OUR JOBS TO NOT ONLY CHINA BUT THE WHOLE ASIA-PACIFIC REGION..................

    AUSTRALIAN INVENTION AFTER AUSTRALIAN INVENTION WAS GENEROUSLY GIVEN AWAY TO OTHER NATIONS & CORPORATIONS TO DEVELOP.....................

    THE ELECTRIC FUNCTIONS OF HOLDEN VOLT ARE TOTALLY / WHOLLY & SOLELY AN AUSTRALIAN BRILLIANCE BRAINSTORM OF AN INVENTION & THERE IS EVIDENCE TO PROVE IT
    AND WE ARE GOING TO LET IT GO & MAKE SOME OTHER NATION FILTHY RICH -
    WHILE OUR JOSEPH BENEDICTUS HOCKEY BASHES AUSTRALIA & IT'S PEOPLE TO DEATH.

    PAY IT FORWARD TO SOMEONE IN NEED INDEED.................
    Nightshade
    14th May 2014
    3:32pm
    BESIDES YOU CAN TELL THAT THE VOLT IS AUSTRALIAN BRAINS
    ONLY AN AUSSIE BRAINSTORM WOULD PUT A BASIC EVERYDAY ELECTRIC PLUG ON A CAR SO'S TO PLUG IT INTO THE DOUBLE ADAPTER NEXT TO THE BEER FRIDGE IN THE GARAGE..
    muzza
    14th May 2014
    3:25pm
    I think you are all a bunch of whingers - a hand out mentality - I struggled as my parents died when I was very young - now I am of pension age - but I worked and saved and invested wisely - we were not given any handouts back then - there was no Dole -, no Pensions and no super no child endowment. Everyone had to work and they did. we have become a handout society because of Govt and their election promises.
    Nan Norma
    14th May 2014
    4:04pm
    Exactly muzza. You had to work without any handouts like most aged pensioners. It is the younger ones who have recieved all the handouts. So why are the aged being victimized??
    Misty
    14th May 2014
    4:30pm
    Tony Abbott makes me sick trying to make out he is taking a pay cut, $6,500.00 from his $500,000.00 yearly salary to help share the load, well he and his colleagues had no choice as it was actually the Remuneration Tribunal that froze MP'S wages in April, more deceit from a deceitful PM.
    particolor
    14th May 2014
    6:18pm
    And I heard He was giving up Porky Pies for Lent ??
    micky d.
    14th May 2014
    3:28pm
    I'm wondering !
    There is so much whinging, whining, complaining and bleating about the doctor's co-payment of $7 (or whatever it is) that is being imposed upon the most vulnerable of non-taxpayers that I am prompted to ask ... why is our Government being blamed for this ?
    I understand that there might be a great concern for those non-taxpayers plight but surely the doctors are able to meet that $7 themselves when they know that the patient is truly in dire straits.
    I am uncertain exactly how the system works but I would imagine that our Government instead of paying what it used to do to the doctor will now with-hold the $7 and pay that into the newly created research fund.
    That means the doctor would go short of $7 which he or she can ask us to pay. Surely the doctor is not forced to insist that we pay that to him.
    Now, with the possible exception of those working in hospitals, I think it might be safe to say that most, if not all, doctors in private practice are wealthy or getting wealthy or are very wealthy on education provided by our universities at a modest cost to them (compared to their earning capacities).
    I can, even as a pensioner, certainly afford to pay my $7 (hold back a couple of beers or a few ciggies) but if I really couldn't afford it I would like to find a doctor kind enough to simply say "forget it mate". I'm sure there are quite a few who would do that for the deserving.
    Now, as I said earlier, I don't know exactly how this all works out but I think there is a good chance that the problem is nowhere near as significant as some would lead us to believe.
    Hope you're all having a nice day !
    MITZY
    14th May 2014
    5:41pm
    micky d: If you read Rachel's comments above you will note the following:

    Providers (i.e. doctors) still have the discretion not charge the $7 BUT if they choose not to collect the patient contribution THEY WILL NOT RECEIVE the LOW GAP INCENTIVES from the government for the consultation.
    Do you think they will lose out to you and the government .... I don't think so.
    micky d.
    14th May 2014
    6:17pm
    Thanks Mitzy. I admit not understanding the intricacies of Gap Incentives....and I suppose that I might be just a tad too hopeful that there just might be doctors who would be prepared to wear some of the impost.
    HOWEVER, give the debate the opportunity to take place where it really counts..i.e. in Parliament and let's see what actually comes out in the wash.
    The forum of public debate always produces the gems of expert wisdom ..in this case that of economists, sociologists and their ilk. Interesting !
    I like your level-headed, helpful and insightful opinion. Thanks for picking me up on the Gap Incentive. I will endeavour to find out what exactly that means. Cheers.
    in2sunset
    15th May 2014
    7:27am
    It is not just the $7 co-payment to visit a doctor that you need to worry about. If your doctor writes a script - another $7. Need to have a urine test? - another $7. Need a blood test? - $7. Need an X-ray? - another $7.
    All the info states that you reach the safety net after 10 VISITS. But - is the number 10 (maximum for co-payment) only applicable to doctor's visits, or include the extras? I cannot find anyone to give me an answer. All info I have found only talk about /maximum 10 doctor's 'visits'. If the 10 limit does not include all the extras - god help us, because the government won't
    Misty
    14th May 2014
    3:59pm
    Sorry Abby I am not having a go at pensioners I come from a working class family with not a lot of money and 7 children for my parents to clothe and feed so I know what a struggle is.
    Radish
    14th May 2014
    4:47pm
    I dont hear anyone having a crack at Labor who got us in this mess. They were the ones who ran up the huge deficit. I also came from a very poor family and we sure struggled and not a lot of money either and hand me downs were the norm amongst the rellies.
    peterseaford
    14th May 2014
    5:09pm
    Hey you lot - we also live in this mighty country - who among you had problems under labor - now you complain that they spent money - they spent it on us .

    Tony made promises and has broken them - we had a woman who broke a promise and she really wore it so what about him ?

    Is it ok to call her a cheat and a liar but not him - are you all stupid - he told us lies to get in and now is screwing us - not them - us

    have a nice day
    MITZY
    14th May 2014
    6:17pm
    RADISH: We vote for a party thinking they will do what they say they will do, and every three years we get conned. This is a pretty hard outcome for many pensioners (not all) and the government is blaming its predecessor. We had more than 20 years of boom mining and the Howard government blew the lot on middle class welfare and Costello hated him for it. Costello just couldn't get Howard to put a lid on it. The Rudd government did what they thought best to help us through the GFC and keep us from recession. This government is persecuting US THE LOW INCOME pensioners more than the high income earners and the companies even get a tax cut ... because they consider the Rudd government the root of the budget deficits when the "age of entitlement" started with middle class welfare under Howard and the IMF has recorded it was the most wasteful government ever. So Smokin Joe Hockey when you sit there with a smug look on your face grinning like a Cheshire cat, smoking your Cuban, I hope your pants catch on fire ...(I'm quoting pants on fire as in the slogans we saw during the election campaign when what these lying pollies were telling us was the truth or a lie) .... or you choke on the smoke.
    We vote for the party to do what they say they are going to do.
    If they spend the taxpayers' taxes on non-core promises it IS THEIR FAULT FOR GETTING INTO A MESS AND A DEFICIT - NOT OURS - we didn't tell them to do what they did, spend, spend spend, they did it to themselves and now they are blaming us for the mess they are in. It wasn't US that created the age of entitlement. But its US that is suffering far more with extra medical costs and hundreds of dollars less ongoing from 2017 when pensions are indexed by the CPI. Cost of living always increases and our pensions will be declining in their value, you will think it isn't happening, because you will still receive your twice-yearly increments, but they will be increases on a lower ratio than the current method. The hurt to high income earners is temporary i.e. a levy for three years. The companies get a tax cut and only a percentage of them pay for the rolled gold PPL scheme which is still rolled gold at up to $100,00 instead of $150,000 earners.
    I hope the budget doesn't get passed and we have a double dissolution. This government's broken promises are far worse than their predecessor.
    particolor
    14th May 2014
    6:35pm
    MITZY.. I AGREE!! I'm awarding You 98 for that speech !! I cant give You 100% as You got a Tad Irate in two places !! Thanks...
    Misty
    14th May 2014
    7:00pm
    More PORKY PIES Radish FROM Tony and the LIEBRILS, surely after last night's effort you don't still believe anything they say or did you GET IT IN WRITING?, although even then Tony said he can't be believed. Listen to the Economists and Finance Experts who don't have an agenda to run, even ex Liberal Leaders and you will see who is right , there is no Budget Emergency but there is a Budget Problem. We do have to do something about the aging population I agree but not the way this lot are going about it, attacking the poor, sick and most vulnerable. Well those days are over now when the pollies thought they could pull the wool over our eyes, people are a lot more informed now and not afaraid to stand up for their rights.
    Fred
    14th May 2014
    5:17pm
    have we all noticed how Joey boy cannot give a straight answer to a question. He always slips in a reference to to the previous government in his waffle. The co-payment going to medical research is a joke. We pay for the research and then the chemical companies manufacture it and sell it to us at high prices. I can buy my supposedly subsidized medicine cheaper in Asia than here. All western countries engage in research, we are the only one helping these companies make even more money.
    particolor
    14th May 2014
    6:38pm
    Yes! but You are not supposed to notice that !!
    Julkay
    14th May 2014
    5:54pm
    I am so angry with the politicians that I cannot even comment. Something has to give. This can't go on. I am sick of them lining their pockets and taking it away from the people who have worked hard all their lives. They work for us and it is about time we all stood up to them. One person alone can't do it. It has to be all or none. It doesn't matter who you vote for these days they are all the same liars and cheats. I am sick and tired of struggling while they line their pockets.
    particolor
    14th May 2014
    6:40pm
    The road to Canberra is Paved with GOLD !!!
    Nan Norma
    17th May 2014
    7:44pm
    HEAR! HEAR!
    Misty
    17th May 2014
    10:54pm
    Maybe for some particolor but not all.
    musicveg
    14th May 2014
    6:39pm
    Why don't people realize there is not enough jobs for everyone to work. High youth unemployment is due to lack of jobs even for the ones who do want to work. Raising retirement age will only make it harder. And what about the volunteers in many charity organizations who will do that work when everyone has to stay in their jobs? Watch the crime rate rise,watch homelessness rise, and watch us become more like the USA as we head for more expensive health care. Something is not right here and I am scared. How will I cope if my son (13 now) can't find a job and I will have to still feed him etc because he won't be able to get the dole for 6 months. What will I do if I get sick? I don't have anyone to help me so I am doing my best to keep healthy and stay on top of my bills. I still don't have a smartphone either, or an ipad or a HD flat screen TV. I don't go out, I don't eat out,I don't go to the hairdressers or buy new clothes (except underwear of course). And I drive an old car which is on it's last legs and even then I hardly drive it, we stay home mostly to save money. And I still worry more for those who are older than be,sicker than me, and don't know how to live frugal like me. Oh well,but they still can't take my happiness away that is free and at least we still have a roof over our head and food on the table (for now). Fight this budget, sign petitions, and write to all the MP's especially Mr. Abbot he needs to know "we are not happy Jan"
    Misty
    14th May 2014
    7:04pm
    Tell that to Tony Abbottt , he seems to think there are enough jobs, even for 70 year olds.
    particolor
    14th May 2014
    7:36pm
    Rubbish !! Our letters will go in the Waste Paper Basket ,like the Cork out of His Expensive Wine Bottle ..
    in2sunset
    15th May 2014
    7:37am
    Write to MP's? What a joke!! I wrote to Hockey prior to the Budget, about concerns about Aged Pension rumors - got the most condescending reply, telling me to address my concerns to the Minister for Social Services, Mr Andrews. What a joke
    MITZY
    15th May 2014
    12:54pm
    in2sunset: You won't get help from Kevin Andrews either. He was the Minister for Work Place Relations in the Howard Government, and we all know what he did to the workers then. He helped in a big way in the downfall of the Howard government and he will be a major contender for another downfall as Minister for Social Services. Another Christian without a Christian bone in his body. Just take a look at his "dial" he forever looks like he's lost his high income salary and been put on the pension ..... wishful thinking by me, of course, but one can live in hope!
    scotia
    14th May 2014
    7:25pm
    Politicians know that pensioners tend to vote for the party that the supported through there working lives, well Mr Abbott here is one liberal voter who will not vote liberal as long as you are PM. Apart from the uncaring treatment to the disabled and the aged you have embarrassed me personally with your broken promises I am ashamed to have voted liberal. scotia
    particolor
    14th May 2014
    7:42pm
    And Honest Person Has come Forth !!!..WOW !! But a Boot in the Dinger for voting for Him !!..But never Mind that now !! The PUP Party Might Bite the Bitch !!!
    Misty
    14th May 2014
    8:15pm
    I'll second that particolor.
    Nightshade
    14th May 2014
    9:55pm
    To be given a moment in time to do a great deed
    &
    to use that time to take a leek
    dommage, dommage
    particolor
    15th May 2014
    10:41am
    And now the Recipe for LEEK SOUP.........
    HOLA
    15th May 2014
    7:11am
    Not many accolades from the Liberal supporters on the latest Budget. How can people be so gullible as to believe those lying Mongrels (and that's praising them up). My granddaughter is in year 12 and leaving school at the end of the year. What hope has she of finding a job. She works part-time at Oporto to make some pocket money but I can't see her working there full time.

    15th May 2014
    7:40am
    I'm a pensioner and I'm OK...oh yeah....
    HOLA
    15th May 2014
    8:29am
    PIXAPD - You always seem as if you don't care about what happens in this country. You always act nonchalant as if everything is fine. Obviously you don't seem to have children and family to care for. It's not about US it's about what happens to everyone, we are all in the same boat. Some people are genuinely in desperate circumstances and have nobody to turn to.
    particolor
    15th May 2014
    10:48am
    HOLA.. I think He is a Retired Liberal Polly by that Statement ??
    Anonymous
    15th May 2014
    11:03am
    What about you folks..you got 2 homes, do you own a home, how many cars, how much money in the bank ? couple hundred thousand perhaps? How's your holiday home going? How do you budget after the cost for your cigarettes, booze and gambling ? How about your overseas travel or jetting around Australia. ? All that money you have in Super too, are you self funded and still trying to milk the Govt of what you can get when you can really afford to pay? Did you avoid paying tax when working, do you try to avoid paying tax now on income you get from your bonds and investments... ....hee, hee
    HOLA
    15th May 2014
    11:25am
    You are one sick puppy. And stop judging everyone. I don't qualify to any of the above statements,. never been overseas, don't drink, gamble, or smoke. The only money in the bank was through sheer hard work. Never had Super. You sound like a very jealous person who can't stand to see people improving their status. I bet you are a bogan who lives in a tent and hates everything. So there!!!!
    Anonymous
    15th May 2014
    1:03pm
    OOOOHHH the Anger of a person who likes to dish it out but hates getting it back
    MITZY
    15th May 2014
    1:08pm
    Agree with you HOLA wholeheartedly. Could add a lot more of what you have indicated, but PIXAPD goes on repeating this rhetoric over and over. It's time for the firefighter to take off in the chariot of fire.
    particolor
    15th May 2014
    7:42pm
    HOLA I saw no Mention of Veterinarian Fees Copping a 7 Buck Rip Off ?? So His Handler wont suffer !!

    15th May 2014
    10:49am
    Perhaps the Federal Govt has turned into the FERAL Govt
    particolor
    15th May 2014
    8:00pm
    Can You make up Your mind which side You are on ???? .
    Or are You like Me and couldn't care whish one of those Two Parties are in there now !! They are Both the Same !!... When this Bulldust settles it will be time for the INDEPENDENT TRIBUNAL to Consider a Substantial Pay Rise !!..
    HOLA
    15th May 2014
    1:18pm
    I haven't dished it out and I can certainly stand up to retards who never make sense in what they have to say.
    Anonymous
    15th May 2014
    3:31pm
    Ha ha.....thus the ignorant have to start NAME CALLING...hee, hee
    HOLA
    15th May 2014
    7:00pm
    BOGAN !!!!!!!!!! ha ha ha.
    Misty
    16th May 2014
    9:44am
    Keep it civil please.
    Bebe
    16th May 2014
    1:02pm
    I find it hard to believe so many do not understand the written word. The
    difference between Seniors Payment and Pension Payment. All you people
    out there complaining about the Liberals it was Labour that put this country
    and it's economy into deep doo doo.
    Anonymous
    16th May 2014
    1:56pm
    Correct the Seniors Supplement and Pension Supplement are NOT the same thing
    Lizzy
    16th May 2014
    8:22pm
    Can anyone tell me if the Carers pension and the carers Allowance payment of $600 that we receive each year in early July
    has been taken from us?
    I can't see anywhere what is happening in the budget.
    Elizabeth
    Nan Norma
    17th May 2014
    7:05pm
    I've heard no mention of this. But I would like to see the goverment look into many of the couples that are falsely claiming carer's allowence.
    DogLover
    16th May 2014
    9:28pm
    The benefits received as concession prices, such as cheaper utility bills and transport and other items, which pensioners now receive as part of their Pension Concession Card have been axed in this horrendous budget. Unfortunately, there seems to be no detailed information generally available unless you search for it.
    Raine
    17th May 2014
    12:07am
    The only thing I can add to all these comments is none of this will happen .. Bill Shorten and Clive Palmer are going to block it , won`t let it be passed so we have nothing to worry about.. and if they call for another election well the writing is on the wall .. life will go on its own merry way as it has the past few years .. so just be calm it will be alright in the end..
    Blossom
    23rd May 2014
    10:40am
    I hope we at least get amendments to the bills.
    The can't legally add costs until is gazetted.
    AlbertC
    17th May 2014
    6:58am
    lord abbot the pommy bum from from lib back bench er to lib leader trying hard to get his knight hood i would think the queen would rather give him a split lip all dictators start out with promises then lay the law down .come on labor greens palmerists and other independents block hard because if the dictator makes you promises and you believe him you will also SUFFER.! SO BLOCK HARD IN THE SENATE. HAVE NICE DAY.
    HOLA
    17th May 2014
    7:02am
    Good one AlbertC.
    Abby
    17th May 2014
    9:34am
    Yes there is another way

    With the attack on seniors by the present government by their "sick tax", the attack on seniors card holders, the promise to lower future rises in the age pension, the stealth in getting the states to force a rise in the GST, the tax on the fuel for our cars which in turn will cause a rise in the cost of our groceries etc, it is time to look for an a party that is in step with older Australians.

    Seniors have to group together to stop this assault on the aged population.
    The Seniors Party has no connection to the left or the right side of politics. It is led by one of the YLC members in Henry.

    It costs zilch , zero to join. Yes it is free.
    The best way to show your disgust at the treatment of our senior citizens is to join the Seniors Party.
    You can do this by going to
    http://www.seniorsparty.org/mship.html and filling out the form on that page.

    http://www.yourlifechoices.com.au/the_meeting_place/8388
    Anonymous
    18th May 2014
    4:27am
    Thanks Abby

    17th May 2014
    9:59am
    How about waiting and see what passes in Parliament instead of the assuming and panic.
    Mez
    22nd May 2014
    12:05pm
    True! This is where it is likely to be blocked by the PUP( Palmer's party) which I voted for and others. It is likely to be blocked in BOTH HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT, causing a double dissolution and therefore a NEW ELECTION where one can vote for the PUP or other than the Libs!
    Thai Traveller
    20th May 2014
    4:15pm
    Where can I find monthly pension payment dates for Australian pensioners overseas?
    Mez
    22nd May 2014
    11:53am
    I am glad that as a swinging voter, I voted for PUP, Clive Palmer's party who was the only pollie that was prepared to raise the aged pension by a decent amount and also I knew that the Libs would win and would need PUP for the balance of power in parliament. Libs and Labs were not the only options! Labs always are for welfare but bad with money whilst Libs are good with money but heartless with welfare because welfare is unprofitable! However, Labs DID NOTHING FOR THE PENSION WHEN SHOULD HAVE AND I WOULDN'T BELIEVE NOR TRUST EITHER PARTY ANYMORE!
    greatgolly
    3rd Jun 2014
    1:02pm
    I am hearing so much from so many, and yes, I have read every comment, but, does anyone truly know what comes in to play and when? I am confused to say the least because I don't know what the government can do without passing it through parliament and what they can do off their own bat without any parliamentary input or passage!

    Truly it is so that parliamentarians are the fatted calves and no matter which party gets in, they always seem to give themselves more money and more perks, yet, it is we the public that do keep putting the greedy of both parties back into power so they can get fatter from our money. Much against most people's better judgement, I believe it would have been better to raise the GST by say half of one percent and leave all pensioner benefits alone, but even I don't know the ramifications of such a thing as when the GST goes up, everything goes up!

    Living in Queensland, we as pensioners have been hit not only by Abbot's budget but also with Campbell Newman's budget, but not yet have I seen or heard anything where the rich will feel any pain, and I do include the politicians in that bracket, too. Duly if I may dub anything on anyone, I have renamed Abbot as 'King John' and Newman as 'the Sherriff of Nottingham, both taking from the poor and allowing themselves and the rich to get even more wealthier.

    If anyone is willing as has been proposed to march in all capital cities against the budget measures, I for one will be there to support; however, little comment was made on this site when I said those who represent the people should do so with the basics of pay and the payments necessary to do their job properly! Then we also have the added costs here that even Councillors in local government also draw high salaries and also get perks, so there is no wonder we are so severely taxed; so, I beg you, tell me how as pensioners, can we change this rape of the public purse?
    Dusty
    4th Aug 2014
    5:48pm
    It is time for bona fide pensioners to say 'enough' very loudly. Hockey is in the media every day talking about cutting pensions. We need to retaliate. Let's look at Peter Costello. He left politics at the age of 52 with a taxpayer funded annual pension of $178,678 plus generous perks. He also is chairman of Future Fund which carries an annual salary of $198.310 and he still keeps his pension and perks. There are dozens of ex pollies doing the same thing yet Joe Hockey insists it is the bona fide pensioners who are the drain on the public purse. Time to revolt.
    Misty
    4th Aug 2014
    6:03pm
    Everyone can at least send a letter to their local LNP member, better by snail mail as apparently they are obliged to answer then, either their Canberra or Electorate office would do and that way we have all taken some action.
    Also for those of you who are on Facebook and Twitter you can send a message to their individual sites or the LNP Facebook site, GetUp just sent a message last week with Eric Abbetz Facebook link and a lot of us sent him a Facebook message asking to apply for a job in his office and some even applied for his job, hilarious reading it was too, made me laugh, 40 job applications a month for non existent jobs in a lot of small towns, what a joke, no wonder a lot thought they could do a better job then him.
    Not Senile Yet!
    1st Jun 2015
    7:42pm
    You all only have yourselves to blame for our current political turmoil........Why???
    Because you are still all voting for the Corrupt Party Machines and their Puppets.....or they would not be in power....now would they???
    Just stop giving the Corrupt Puppets your Vote!!!!
    Vote for the Independent Party or Seniors Party....who allow Mp's a conscience vote on ALL legislation.....not for the Corrupt Parties that make their MP;s toe the Party Line!!!!
    If you want a different outcome....first YOU have to change how you vote!!!!
    No majority....No Party Machine Dictatorship.....not that hard to work out!!!!


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