Dear Prime Minister…

It’s time to increase the Age Pension - sign the petition

Dear Prime Minister…

We have a new, elected Prime Minister and we think we should help Mr Abbott get off on the right foot by letting him know it’s time to increase the Age Pension.

YOURLifeChoices member Ali has called for the Age Pension to be eight to 10 per cent of the Prime Minster’s wages and to be indexed to every increase that this position is awarded. Whilst it may be difficult to get any government to agree to this, YOURLifeChoices thinks that older Australians and the Age Pension should be top of the agenda for the incoming Prime Minister.

We want you to add your voice to our calls for a $30 per week increase in the Age Pension. This modest increase would raise the level of the Age Pension to that recommended by the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) Retirement Standard to live a mere modest lifestyle – not comfortable, not luxurious but simply modest. Surely this isn’t too much to ask?

So, let’s start how we mean to continue during Mr Abbott’s leadership. We will be sending this letter on Monday and want to show the new government just how serious we are, so we’re asking you to add your signature, and your voice, to our call for action.

Sign YOURLifeChoices petition now to increase the Age Pension by $30 per week

 





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    Kali-G
    6th Sep 2013
    11:03am
    Forget the miserly $30.00
    Go like Clive Palmer and add $150.00 because that is the minimum we lost due to Gillard and KRudd's stuff ups.
    Wendy HK
    6th Sep 2013
    5:55pm
    Go Clive - I don't think any other parties have even mentioned Pensioners
    dougie
    6th Sep 2013
    11:11am
    Lets not be greedy, let us have a fair pension plan without the need for we oldies to spend the backup that we have saved for emergency.
    tia-maria
    6th Sep 2013
    2:34pm
    dougie, yes mate I agree unfortunately no one of The Major parties have offered us any thing during the elections.
    raymondp
    6th Sep 2013
    11:22am
    Forget it guys, we are talking Liberals here - no chance or an increase. Liberals do not give handout.
    Wstaton
    6th Sep 2013
    12:08pm
    Unless you are rich.
    Penqueen1949
    6th Sep 2013
    12:38pm
    Sign and broadcast anyway I did and it's NOT a handout..... we have earned our pensions. If enough people sign in Australia the powers that be might realise our collective power because of numbers.....
    tia-maria
    6th Sep 2013
    2:36pm
    raymondp, The Liberal are about looking after the wealthy and self refunded as far as the Battlers are concern we never been thought about.........just watch if Abbott wins the changes that will happen.
    vindal
    6th Sep 2013
    11:24am
    You will never get a sustainable pension increase from a Liberal government. Forget it!!
    Golfer
    6th Sep 2013
    11:29am
    Give the new PM time to have a cuppa before you bombard him with requests for increases.

    Better than seeking an increase there would be less pressure on govt finances if we pushed for better deals from big business. The likes of Coles , Woolies could offer "age discounts" and the cost to them would be negligible. Lets push for better deals from suppliers.
    dippity
    6th Sep 2013
    11:56am
    some supermarkets already give these discounts on certain days of the week...in my experience IGA has Tuesdays covered anywhere I have been, but you are right, the big guys could get in on the act...and forget all these buy two and get a discount while paying through the nose for buying just one if that is all you can store.
    tia-maria
    6th Sep 2013
    2:40pm
    Scrabbled, We should not have to wait until he has a cuppa all retired pensioners should had been offered something on the table prior to elections.............Just like the Families that always been offered big baby bonus....and totally out of control.
    harry
    6th Sep 2013
    11:29am
    NO THATS TRUE BUT THEY WILL KEEP ON SPENDING WILL NILLY ON EVERYTHING , JUST TO MAKE OUT THAT THEY ARE BIILY TWO SHOES ECT ECT ,AND THE OAP WILL JUST HAVE TO BITE THE BULIT , , !!!!
    SuzeB
    6th Sep 2013
    11:30am
    Doubt anybody will get any extras for anything until the finances are looking healthier. When you've got to borrow and pay interest on the money you give out everything costs more. Perhaps Rudd will start another party and win an election. He's been working hard at grooming kids coming up to voting age.
    harry
    6th Sep 2013
    11:34am
    WHAT EVER WE GET WE ARE STILL THE CHOSEN NATION APART FROM WHINGEING ABOUT THIS AND THAT , ITS ALLWAYS BEEN THE SAME ALL MY LIFE , THE RICH GET RICHER AND THE POOR POORER , SO WHATS ALL THE FUSS , LETS ALL BE GRATEFULL THAT WE DONT HAVE A MAD B RUNNING THIS COUNTRY I CERTAINALY DONT HAVE TO SPELL OUT NAMES ,BUT ALITTLE BIT OF DISCOUNT FROM THE BIG BOYS WOULD GO A LONG WAY ,
    Rob
    6th Sep 2013
    12:45pm
    harry in terms of etiquette typing in capitals is at the lower end.
    Nightshade
    6th Sep 2013
    1:01pm
    Rob:-
    I like capitals too.
    It helps to release pressure, when I am visibly disturbed to enraged.
    Try it sometime man, it helps.

    The rich are not getting richer they are getting fleeced by the super international rich.
    The rich are the local Australian Businesses i.e., factories, growers, producers, etc.
    Who have been or soon will be eaten up
    = MORE MASSIVE UNEMPLOYMENT THAN WE ALREADY HAVE

    This is not Australia it is reserve for the few who want it all.
    A hole they stick their hand into to pull out wealth that is not rightfully theirs.
    Mamacrystal
    6th Sep 2013
    12:00pm
    Where exactly do we add our signatures? I couldn't see
    Penqueen1949
    6th Sep 2013
    12:26pm
    Just click on the link to sign then there is an option to email to others. I have done both.
    Penqueen1949
    6th Sep 2013
    12:30pm
    Sign Your Life Choices petition now is written in blue, it's also the link to sign the petition.
    tia-maria
    6th Sep 2013
    2:42pm
    Mamacrystal, were you see the letter Dear PM stroll down until the end of that writing and you will see were to press so easy.
    Mamacrystal
    6th Sep 2013
    4:19pm
    Thanks all....it wasn't showing up for me before. I just refreshed and there it was
    Mitch
    6th Sep 2013
    12:32pm
    Please take a good look at Tony Abbot's comments when he says that there will be more money for Health and Schools, but take particular notice that the same was not said for Pensions, be VERY CAREFUL with your votes. LIberals LIED through their teeth in Queensland, let it be a lesson for the rest of Australia.

    Kevin RUDD may not be our best bet either but to vote against him is a vote for Tony Abbott - is this what you really want, more cuts to everything, and nothing for us not even jobs, my husband and I have not had permanent employment since that last Liberal government because of their changes to the workplace agreements. No employers will put you on full time now. No holidays, no sick leave, no paid public holidays, NO WORK-NO MONEY. No one is employing either and what damage will the liberal do next, they have talked for years about doing away with Medicare, what next that too, GOD HELP us all if the polls are right. The rich get richer and eventually the poor become beggars on the street. BE CAREFUL what you wish for Australia
    tia-maria
    6th Sep 2013
    2:44pm
    Mitch, Mr Abbott is very sly and party are very sneakie and I would not trust them as far as I can kick them
    SuzeB
    7th Sep 2013
    9:00am
    Mitch, as far as I remember from all I've read during the campaign, Abbott intends to loosen up business red tape and also reward them for employing over-50s. Similar scheme for getting long-term unemployed off the dole. Good luck.
    Rob
    6th Sep 2013
    12:43pm
    I'm not sure Mitch you can blame the liberal govt for being unemployable for the last 6 yrs.
    KSS
    6th Sep 2013
    1:38pm
    I agree Rob. It Probably has much more to do with being over 45 (I assume being on this site Mitch is). Unfortunately these days employers are not interested in employing older people. I myself have been made redundant three times and in two of those cases it took over 12 months to find employment - of any kind! You con't blame the Government - of either persuasion - for the failings of employers to recognise the contribution to the workforce that older people can make.
    Beemee
    6th Sep 2013
    1:31pm
    Wasted 5 mins on change org site, wouldn't allow me to post. And I am most certainly not joining Facebook that has more holes in it than swiss cheese.


    With the high costs risen in recent months, there are many who are unable to live a normal life. Cutting back on essentials during a time of need, heating or cooling, never mind including food to that list, are the most critical times the senior generation suffer from the heat and the cold. A great percentage of our pension is allocated to monthly bills, leaving nothing or very little to live on. Nice when a Government does not care for the seniors who have worked for 50+ years and paid taxes regularly, to be treated as the lowest scum on the earth. Take care of the seniors and they will take care of you, we will spend if we have it to do so, and keep this country afloat.
    Finally $30.00 per week is about $20.00 short, a $50.00 increase per week just might allow us to make it and live civilly.

    Another thing too, out of all the Australian millionaires, why is that 70 of them don't pay one single cent in tax? Block or plug that hole and stop them cheating as we are paying for it.
    Lee
    6th Sep 2013
    1:39pm
    Doesn't anyone stand on their own 2 feet anymore. I'm sick of my taxes going on all the bludgers out there. I want better roads etc. If some who can afford to pay a bit they should contribute something when they use the public hospitals, then maybe we can afford to keep them running. If public servants didn't always strike for pay rises then maybe we could afford to employ more - e.g. 2 nurses for the price of one. There's only so much revenue to go around. Your lucky the country is still able to "borrow" to keep the welfare system going.
    Nightshade
    6th Sep 2013
    1:54pm
    There is a very interesting article -
    google
    Left Hook - Dean Henderson
    article title
    BNSF: On the Wrong Track February 22, 2013
    I am R Davis in the comment section.

    6th Sep 2013
    2:01pm
    The aged won't get a red cent out of Abbott, didn't the last time they were in power. All they are interested in is filling the govt coffers, no social programmes to help the citizens, they don't care about climate change or animal welfare, only the rich breeding bitches get a massive handout
    Foxy
    6th Sep 2013
    2:28pm
    ...everyone PLEASE SIGN - we owe it to ourselves and each other!!!!! Any increase is better than nothing!!!!! (I just signed and sent a letter) - Cheers!
    tia-maria
    6th Sep 2013
    2:58pm
    Hi Foxy, I also done it about 20 mins ago we need more singitures
    Foxy
    6th Sep 2013
    5:11pm
    ...fantastic! We have to keep lobbying these ratbags whose freakin' car allowance is more than we get per week to live on! Sucks!
    aquarius
    13th Sep 2013
    4:00pm
    I have signed and forwarded on to 30 others to sign as well
    Evie
    6th Sep 2013
    2:29pm
    It appears you have a crystal Ball Debbie, stating that by Monday we will have a new prime minister, not if or maybe, so seeing that you can predict the future....tell us will we get the extra $30? or will our petition fall on large deaf ears.
    Lee
    6th Sep 2013
    2:29pm
    I guess the taxpayers will have to pay more so you can get a few more red cents.........
    tia-maria
    6th Sep 2013
    2:30pm
    Debbie what makes you quite sure that we will definately have a new prime minister by Monday???
    Debbie McTaggart
    6th Sep 2013
    2:36pm
    Point taken - amended to new, 'elected' Prime Minister.
    jual
    6th Sep 2013
    3:57pm
    You have to live in NSW to see what the Liberal party has done , Tony Abbott will be worse he is working the same lines as his old boss John Howard if you would like those times again vote Abbott.My vote is going Labour for a big win
    Mitch
    6th Sep 2013
    4:11pm
    Dear Rob, Maybe you should re read my post, I didn't say that we were unemployable, and yes we are both over 45. We have been employed the whole time and looking after two adult children with disabilities, whilst not getting a cent from Centrelink, we pay taxes and work hard but it would be nice to be able to get time off and be paid for it. What I said was that thanks to John Howard and Liberals changes to the employment act, employers no longer have to employ you as a permanent employee, they can keep you casual for as long as they like. And yes it was liberal that brought these changes in and Labour did very little to change it when they came back in. Many people were affected by WORKCHOICES.

    Why did our ancestors fight for this country when the greedy politicians just run it into the ground. They fought to have some decent living conditions and a healthy work /family balance. What would any of the politicions know about that. Why do we have to have paid maternity leave? when I had my children, we weren't lucky enough to even be allowed to keep our jobs. The young ladies now at least get to go back to their jobs in a year, how dare they expect us to pay for their decisions, plan and save for that time off or do like we had to, GO WITHOUT a few luxuries for this time, or better still work with your partner when you go back to work and share the care, my husband worked mornings and I worked afternoons, we cared and shared the parenting role and the income was shared. we did it together, we had no family within a 500 mile radius and it was very difficult, but I never had time to complain, we just got stuck into it and did what we had to. survived, life skills are very valuable lessons and the young ones today could do with a few.
    aquatrek
    6th Sep 2013
    4:25pm
    The Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) Retirement Standard is just one entity - if there were several that came to an agreed set rate for the aged pension then that would be a great way to make sure that the aged pension kept up with the general cost of living.
    AlbertC
    6th Sep 2013
    4:46pm
    top up the pension to the same level that all greedy politicians get. then we to cane live respectably and not have to scrimp and save just to go to the pictures or bus ride in to the country plus we can eat good food on a regular basis buy a new car with out hire purchase and much more.have a great day and spend wisely.

    6th Sep 2013
    4:46pm
    Ha Ha Ha Ha!! This IS a Friday Funnies joke? - isn't it??

    Trying to squeeze another $30 a week for pensioners out of a Coalition Govt (and we all know the Coalition will win, hands down, tomorrow), that has promised to slash and burn, and sack Govt employees, left right and centre?? Faint hope!!

    If you're part of the cliquey, wealthy elite such as Gina Rinehart, Twiggy Forrest and the other millionaires and billionaires, who will now get a 1.5% TAX CUT! - then you'll be sweet!

    However, if you live in some la-la land - whereby you hope that pensioners and other welfare recipients, are going to get anything from this incoming Govt - then I have a great picture of a set of pigs in formation flight for you!!
    EELS
    6th Sep 2013
    5:11pm
    Has anyone read this policy from the Libs?
    "MILLIONS of dollars in taxpayer-funded grants for obscure research projects - such as the role of public art in climate change - will be scrapped or redirected to find cures for dementia and other diseases as part of a Coalition crackdown on government waste".
    This has got to be a start in the right direction. Give them a chance to see what they are going to do. And for goodness sake don't even think of voting for that buffoon Palmer. He cant get his sums right and you will just be wasting your vote.
    Foxy
    6th Sep 2013
    5:22pm
    ...well who really knows who will win? Never under-estimate the power of voting - my only son (whom is Gen Y) he and all his friends and young work associates are voting for Rudd...I asked him why - his answer was - gay marriage - broadband etc. - he is 26 years old and falls between the ages 18 -32 who have mobile phones and whom have not been targeted in anyway by the Neilson/Galaxy/ Roy Morgen/Auspoll - the 4 major research companies regarding voting...these companies only target landlines as you all probably know (except if it is Medibank/Insurance or Mobile phone use )- then they have access to mobile numbers........plus apparently all the gays are voting for Rudd - my opinion is - and just my opinion so please do not all jump down my throat - is - if Rudd had given a decent Pension increase and got the pensioner vote - plus the gays he would be IN - and Abbott would be done and dusted! You never know............................?
    Foxy
    6th Sep 2013
    5:28pm
    ...I'm voting Justice for Animals - ok - maybe wasted vote BUT Abbot is bringing back the live export trade in a big way - which is "no way" for our animals to be treated by these barbarians overseas!
    Londoner
    7th Sep 2013
    12:40am
    Good luck with your letter and your new government - you'll need it, I feel.

    In the UK we have a system called epetitions, I've put a link below:
    http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/
    Of course it's necessary to get 100,000 'signatures' for anything to be considered but feel it would be good to have a similar system down there with a smaller number (bearing in mind the difference in population sizes) of signatures.
    At least that way a government can be questioned, and maybe held to account, on what its policy's are.
    Why wouldn't any trustworthy government allow its voters to have their say????
    Don't forget that it's you voters who give these politicians their jobs. You may only have really two major contenders for the top post but that needant always be the case if you vote tactically.
    Marls
    7th Sep 2013
    10:30am
    Yes let's start looking after our pensioners and give them some dignity
    If politicians think they can't afford it - let me suggest they reduce there own overly indulgent expense claims/ pension funds and why do we have to maintain staff/ offices/travel/ and other perks when they have left the job and in a lot of cases not serviced the community well and still get overly rewarded for it- would not happen in private enterprise
    Fair Go
    7th Sep 2013
    9:41pm
    How is it that many countries in "recession" ridden Europe pay their seniors a liveable pension? Many of these countries (eg Norway, Finland etc) have FREE FREE education, right through to university. Yes, they pay higher taxes than we do, but for what they get I'd rather do that than try and live on the pittance we are grudgingly given for a pension. And they still seem to live pretty well even paying all those taxes! Come on Australia, up your ideas on the elderly a bit so we can live with some dignity.
    harry
    8th Sep 2013
    4:33pm
    well im so glad its over and done with for the time being , now krud can hide away with gillard and the other gang , but one thing id like to bring upp is pensions for seniors , did you all see in the sunday tele how much the polies like gilard gets when there out and they think they give us oaps alot discusting to say the least ???????
    Foxy
    9th Sep 2013
    11:54am
    .....come on people - we still need 380 signatures to make this petition for a Pension Increase viable....I just got my son to sign and send it to all his Facebook friends - they will help! Get onboard and sign - sign - sign !!!! :-)
    unicorn
    11th Sep 2013
    8:21am
    Where is the petition ?
    PlanB
    13th Sep 2013
    7:53am
    Here

    https://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/tony-abbott-increase-the-age-pension-by-30-per-week
    harry
    13th Sep 2013
    4:37pm
    HI ALL ,WELL AFTER READING ALL YOUR BLOGS AND COMPLAINTS ECT ECT , , LETS ALL TAKE A BREATHER AND LET THE NEW LOT GET ON WITH IT INSTEAD OF WHINGE WHINGE , JUST SIGN THE PETISION ITS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE FIRST BLOG , AND JUST MAYBE IT WILL GET US SOMEWHERE ,MAYBE , IF THEY JUST IGNORE IT LETS TRY AND TRY AGAIN , NAG EM UNTILL THEY GET FED UP COME ON ALL YOU WHINGERS SIGN IT AND LETS SEE WHAT HAPPENS ???
    aquatrek
    13th Sep 2013
    5:02pm
    signed and onto Facebook as well
    harry
    13th Sep 2013
    9:05pm
    WELL DONE THATS ONE LESS WE DONT HAVE TO NAG ,


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