We are delighted by the robust debate following the first post by Ken. That this post centres on the need for a political party which represents the interest of older Australians delights us even more.
We are delighted by the robust debate following the first post by Ken. That this post centres on the need for a political party which represents the interest of older Australians delights us even more. Because we, too, feel it is time for those who have paid a lifetime of taxes to be recognised as the net contributors to society that they are, rather than the obliquely suggested ‘drain’ on resources common to such terms as ‘grey tsunami’ and ‘problem of ageing society’.
So rather than let Ken’s call to action wither and die on a sub page on this site, we are raising the issue in the following ways:
- This news item is being emailed to those YOURLifeChoices subscribers who have confirmed their wish to receive a daily news update. If you are not one – email us and ask to be put on this list
- It is also going on our Meeting Place for further comment
- And on our Facebook page – we now have 7,100 followers so this should excite further debate
- We will send this article to each and every member of the House of Representatives and the Senate and ask for their feedback
- We will publish all comments received from these politicians WHO NEED YOUR VOTE AT THE NEXT ELECTION
- At the end of this article is a list of each and every member of the HOR and the Senate. We urge you to directly contact your local member and ask them what they are specifically doing for older Australians.
- We ask you send this feedback to us so we can publish the good work – or the ‘no shows’
And to directly address the question about the major priorities of such a party of Older Australians, our strong suggestion is that it should be focussed on retirement income.
The facts are that the current single Age Pension (plus all supplements) amounts to about $18,000 per annum. The most reliable measure of cost of living in retirement is to be found on the ASFA Retirement standard. The amount for a modest standard of living for a single is $21,930. And this amount assumes you own your own home outright.
As Darryl Kerrigan (Michael Caton) in the movie The Castle was often wont to say, ‘You’re dreaming!”
So we know the current single Age Pension is at least $4000 short of a reasonable existence.
Our strong belief is that any party representing the interests of older Australians should start with this appalling discrepancy and work from there.
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