2nd Apr 2019
Federal Budget 2019: At least one budget measure is guaranteed
Author: Janelle Ward
At least one budget measure is guaranteed

One thing is guaranteed in this Budget, but it may or may not influence the way Australians will vote.

It’s the one-off energy rebate announced last weekend.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg re-affirmed last night that the Government would provide $284 million for a one-off, income tax-exempt payment of $75 for singles and $125 for couples for more than 3.9 million eligible social security payment recipients to assist with their next power bill and cost-of-living expenses.

“This payment will be paid this financial year and comes on top of other actions the Government has taken to reduce power bills,” he said.

Speaking earlier, the Prime Minister Scott Morrison described the $75 one-off payment for single pensioners to help with their power bills as a “dividend” of stronger economic growth.

“Our Government has the lowest growth in commonwealth public expenditure of any government in 50 years,” the Prime Minister told The Australian.

“It’s been about keeping expenditure under control and it’s been about supporting the growth in the Australian economy and getting Australians off welfare and into work … In each of the budgets I handed down and the final budget outcome, they have all proved to be stronger than what I announced on budget night. We believe it’s only fair, it’s only fair that we share that dividend with Australians who need it most.”

Rapid rises in energy costs have been a bugbear for older Australians in recent years. Senior economist with The Australia Institute Matt Grudnoff said domestic fuel and power costs had been running above CPI since December 2008. The burden on most households, but especially on older Australians on full Age Pensions, has been – and continues to be – fierce.

The $284.4 million for energy assistance payments will go to age and disability support pensioners, recipients of the carer payment and veterans and their dependents receiving eligible payments from the Department of Veteran Affairs.

Are you pleased with the one-off payment? Will it have a significant effect on your upcoming bills?

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    Doc
    3rd Apr 2019
    9:57am
    We need $75 a week not one off
    Tom Tank
    3rd Apr 2019
    10:24am
    Exactly.
    It appears that one of the reasons electricity costs are rising because of a lack of a clear plan for energy providers into the future. Investment won't happen until energy providers have security upon which to base their investments.
    That is all of course in addition to the fact that the privatised electricity suppliers are making hay while the sun shines.
    Tom Tank
    3rd Apr 2019
    10:24am
    Exactly.
    It appears that one of the reasons electricity costs are rising because of a lack of a clear plan for energy providers into the future. Investment won't happen until energy providers have security upon which to base their investments.
    That is all of course in addition to the fact that the privatised electricity suppliers are making hay while the sun shines.
    Old Geezer
    3rd Apr 2019
    10:50am
    Gee some people whinge no matter how much they get.
    Polly Esther
    3rd Apr 2019
    12:32pm
    You ain't kidding, they'd only spend it on cigs, grog and illicit drugs anyway LOL
    Cowboy Jim
    3rd Apr 2019
    12:54pm
    Polly Esther - at least with cigs and grog the Govt gets the money back in taxes. Bought a carton of beer this morning, $49!!
    Blinky
    3rd Apr 2019
    12:59pm
    Yes, $75 a week would be realistic. How can anyone see this as a win x pensioners???
    GeorgeM
    3rd Apr 2019
    1:05pm
    Actually, for those couples who lost around $14,000 per annum as a result of the moronic and nasty Asset Test changes from Jan 2017, they would need $269 per week to compensate them. Pre-retirees at that time also lost this as they never saw what they should have got.

    This one-off is a disgusting insult! As there was / is no Budget Emergency, the first action, before any tax cuts, should have been to reverse those Asset Test changes implemented on a lie and a broken promise.

    All need to vote OUT BOTH the Major parties, and the Greens who help both in every nasty attack on retirees.
    moke
    3rd Apr 2019
    3:24pm
    Hey Polly experienced are you, what about those who do not smoke use drugs or drink
    PlanB
    3rd Apr 2019
    4:00pm
    DArn right there Doc -- and by the way all you others -- I do not drink or smoke
    Anonymous
    5th Apr 2019
    2:10pm
    GeorgeM you are right. And note that most of those who lost their pension in that change

    (a) WON'T get the one off payment; and

    (b) will lose another $100 - $250+ per week if Labor's franking credit policy is implemented

    How much will finally satisfy these greedy bastards and their selfish pensioners supporters?

    (Note: That's NOT a slight on pensioners generally. Only on those who support Labors' unfairness)
    sunnyOz
    3rd Apr 2019
    10:34am
    Pensioners get $75 a year, average tax payer gets over $1000 a year. Yeah, real fair.
    Old Geezer
    3rd Apr 2019
    10:51am
    SFR get zilch.
    Kali-G
    3rd Apr 2019
    11:03am
    WHAT A F***ING JOKE...
    Blinky
    3rd Apr 2019
    1:05pm
    Yeah. Workers get tax benefits, small business gets money and there is NOTHING x pensioners.
    What pensioners need is a. In increase to the base pension rates b. An increase to the asset test, which is too damn low.
    C. Get rid of Hockey's $3 × every $1k pensioners have over that stupid threshold.
    GeorgeM
    3rd Apr 2019
    1:10pm
    Look further, as you get to 2024, "Someone on $200,000 would receive a whopping $11,640."
    See link from News (even they admit it):
    https://www.news.com.au/finance/economy/federal-budget/income-tax-cuts-announced-in-budget-what-youll-get/news-story/2ae5d206b6a4b2ed314cad080d0bc59e

    The above includes ALL Politicians - that's why they all voted for it (initial vote was for $7,000 now that's increased as above)! Liberals, Nationals, Labor, Greens, presumably most others as well, in both houses.
    Anonymous
    5th Apr 2019
    2:53pm
    Yes George, and my multi-millionaire neighbours who bought $2 million houses so they could be part-pensioners will get over $250,000 over the next 25 years in cash franking credit payments that people with a $400,000 house and a measly $500,000 or less savings, generating $25000 in income annually with NO CONCESSIONS will be denied.

    Of course the guy who retired in April on a full pension, renting a house, and with a miserable $40K in super, won't get franking credits either. And neither will the guy who deferred his 'trip of a lifetime' to care for his aging mother until her death. Manipulation will be well-rewarded by Labor. Workers and responsible savers can go to hell, and nobody cares a hoot about the needy unless they happen to be in that elite group that Labor is bribing to vote for them this time around. Look out next time? They'll be bribing others and attacking you!
    Misty
    7th Apr 2019
    1:03pm
    I wouldn't call $500,000.00 in savings measley.
    patti
    3rd Apr 2019
    10:39am
    I'm happy to be getting the help, but it really won't help much over time. It's not just the power bills, my water bill is killing me it's so high. And Ive done all the investigations, just being ripped off as far as I can see. An extra $75 per fortnight would really help. Ah well, back to the budget to see where else I can cut costs. Such an obvious vote catcher, but we are not silly, Mr Morrison
    Paddington
    6th Apr 2019
    8:51pm
    The water is ridiculously expensive which does not even make sense.
    It keeps getting dearer as well.
    Farside
    7th Apr 2019
    10:21am
    in what way are you being ripped off? what is an appropriate price for water? Last time I checked the water authorities are making less than 2% returns.
    Dave R
    3rd Apr 2019
    10:41am
    It's a pathetic bribe that will fool nobody. The government needs to get power prices down not give a pittance once just before an election to help pay the greedy foreign owned power generators.
    Old Geezer
    3rd Apr 2019
    10:51am
    Ha ha whinging again.
    Old Geezer
    3rd Apr 2019
    10:51am
    Ha ha whinging again.
    Knows-a-lot
    3rd Apr 2019
    7:14pm
    You'll be whinging, OG, when your verminous Lieberal mates get the arse next month.
    Anonymous
    5th Apr 2019
    2:54pm
    So you think the biggest liars will succeed in conning the population, Knows-a-lot>?

    God help you poor pensioners if you are right!
    Farside
    7th Apr 2019
    10:27am
    Dave, how much are "the greedy foreign owned power generators" actually making? What do you want the fed government do to reduce power prices? What is a fair price that gives generators a fair return?
    SFR
    3rd Apr 2019
    10:59am
    just an LNP bribe.
    Kali-G
    3rd Apr 2019
    11:02am
    But dont forget SCOMO is giving $55 MILLION to guard Moslem Mosques (TERROR TRAINING CAMPS)....whilst tossing $75 bucks to us and $1.75 a week pension increase.
    2 cartons of xxxx and SWEET "F" ALL!
    Arvo
    3rd Apr 2019
    1:40pm
    Mosques are not only for religious prayers...Mosques are Town Halls for Islam's political ideology world wide.
    Kali-G
    3rd Apr 2019
    11:05am
    SCOMO…OR I SHOULD CALL YOU “TURNBOLL-MK 2….?
    OR JUST PLAIN JELLY BACK ?
    YOU BLEW THE LAST CHANCE FOR RE ELECTION ,
    BY FURTHER ALIENATEING YOUR SHRINKING SUPPORT BASE.
    SPENT A FORTUNE TO FLY TO NZ TO CELEBRATE THE SLIMES FUNERAL!
    THAT PITYFUL SPEECH ABOUT CHRISTCHURCH…
    YOU HAVE ALIENTED LOTS OF SUPPORTERS BY CRUCIFYING FRASER ANNING,
    BY PUTTING IN AN EX LABOR CADRE: MUNDINE,
    AND FOR NOT KICKING TRAITOR TURNBOLL OUT
    FOR PUTTING ONE NATION BELOW LABOR?????
    BY NOT LOOKING AFTER OUR COST OF LIVING CRISIS
    PETROL PRICES, ELECTRICITY PRICES AND IGNORING STRUGGLING PENSIONERS
    BUT GIVING $800 MILLION TO INDONESIA
    WASTING $ 55MILLION TO GUARD ISLAMIC TERROR TRAINING GROUNDS
    BUT YOU ALLOW THE BRITS TO HOLD AUSTRALIAN JULIAN ASSANGE PRISONER FOR 6 YEARS….WITHOUT LIFTING A FINGER…..SHAME ON YOU
    AND THE GRIEVANCES JUST GROWS..ON AND ON….
    YOU ARE ON COURSE TO DEFEAT AND GIVING THE SOCIALIST CONMAN SHORTEN THE KEYS TO THE LODGE
    YOU ARE A FOOL ,
    BECAUSE OF YOUR STUPIDITY LABOR COULD WIN??
    GOD FORBID!!!
    WE DESERVE BETTER!
    WE NEED A “REAL” LEADER!
    BRING TONY ABBOTT BACK SO WE MAY JUST HAVE A CHANCE!!!!
    Old Geezer
    3rd Apr 2019
    11:38am
    Well Bill Shorten is not your man.
    KSS
    3rd Apr 2019
    12:37pm
    No need to shout Kali-G, you already have people's attention.
    Old Geezer
    3rd Apr 2019
    5:31pm
    WELL BILL SHORTEN IS NOT YOUR MAN!
    Paddington
    6th Apr 2019
    9:01pm
    Kali-g, Far right much?!
    Decency is missing in this hard to read piece
    The reference to NZ is tasteless and inflammatory.
    Most people on here would be disgusted with these words even people who vote LNP.
    Abbott is far right, and what Anning said was abhorrent to most on here and all of parliament.
    Wrong thinking and anti Australian values!
    Misty
    7th Apr 2019
    12:53pm
    Never in a million years Kali-G, Tony Abbot will probably lose his seat this election and anyway he and the rest of the dinosaurs in the LNP should resign, and give the young, forward thinkers a chance at getting elected. They have had their day, we need young people with modern ideas, not those old fogeys who want to live in the past.
    johnp
    7th Apr 2019
    1:50pm
    tony abbott was a joke, just some examples
    - knighthood or order of australia to prince philip
    - $150K per annum for each mum to say at home
    - said he was going to shirtfront putin
    also here
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/tony-abbotts-10-biggest-gaffes-clangers-and-cringeworthy-moments-20150311-140qnp.html
    Franky
    3rd Apr 2019
    11:11am
    It's a simple bribe and I won't be swayed by it. Should be prohibited.
    Old Geezer
    3rd Apr 2019
    11:39am
    Just put Labor last anyway.
    KSS
    3rd Apr 2019
    1:08pm
    But will you take it Franky?
    Knows-a-lot
    3rd Apr 2019
    7:15pm
    Put the LNP scum last.
    HillwoodAllan
    3rd Apr 2019
    11:49am
    Wow, a whole $125 one-off payment for a couple while someone on $90,000 a year gets a tax cut of $1,080 EVERY year. A bit of an insult. But with Labor intending to mess about with franking credit refunds a lot of retirees like me still have to vote Liberal or lose our franking credits. Some choice!
    KSS
    3rd Apr 2019
    12:53pm
    Well if you are not paying tax you can't expect a tax cut right? And would you rather have the $125 or not? If not then you can donate it to someone else who may need it more than you.

    You can bet your last dollar that if Mr Shorten and his watermelon buddies win the election, your power prices will climb even higher and a great deal faster than the current increases. Then as you say, there's your franking credits you can waive goodbye to, any capital gains will follow along with any negative gearing on investment properties old and new. Oh and don't forget the new electric car you will have to buy (but no power to 'fill up' with). Then there's the increases on your groceries to pay for the increase in the minimum wage to be dictated by Mr Shorten (and there I thought the Fair Work Commission set rates independently of Government). And these are all 'promises' made before he has made his speech in answer to this budget.

    It is only a bribe if you follow through. Take the $125 and vote the way you want. Then any attempt at bribery has failed, right?
    Arvo
    3rd Apr 2019
    1:54pm
    You'd probably wouldn't get a one off energy payment of $75 singles $125 couples from Labor,
    BUT- you'd get double the bi-annual age pension increases then you got from the Libs.
    So , if you (single pensioner ), were to get $6 pf age pension increase bi-annually more than from the Libs, you'd be getting $312 pa more from Labor.
    Let your mind boggle over that.
    Troubadour
    3rd Apr 2019
    7:38pm
    Grateful to receive any extra payouts to come our way - everything helps.
    Also for all you whingers remember those who earn more are paying more in their taxes too - so you can't expect them to get the minimum - I am sure the Government are making it equitable all round. Those SFR who are complaining - you at least have your house I presume mortgage
    free and not paying money out each week for rent
    ardnher
    4th Apr 2019
    9:48am
    people paying tax are contributing to welfare payments!
    Misty
    7th Apr 2019
    1:07pm
    And most welfare recipients have paid tax during their working life ardneher..
    Old Man
    3rd Apr 2019
    11:55am
    (QUOTE)"Sure, super changes will help some, as will improved access to medicines, health services and spending on at-home aged care services. Tweaks to Medicare mean many will spend less time on waiting lists for diagnostics and scans and we may even see a slowing down of soaring health premiums and medical costs. You will, however, see that the Government finally put its money where its mouth is on one measure, and you can count on at least one announcement helping out your hip pocket."

    I find it amusing that YLC has asked the question about the one-off payment yet has ignored all of the positive things being done for pensioners and those on welfare. The above quote is by YLC and has been ignored in this article. Only those working for YLC could turn a positive into a negative.
    KSS
    3rd Apr 2019
    12:54pm
    You noticed that? :-)
    Misty
    7th Apr 2019
    1:09pm
    OM this govt has not done anything positive for pensioners, get real.
    Ming
    3rd Apr 2019
    11:59am
    No matter what is contained in the budget last night should Labor be elected we self funded retirees are going to be dealt a severe blow with the loss of franking credits. I cannot believe self funded retirees will be stupid enough to vote labor. We would be like a turkey voting for Thanks giving.
    HillwoodAllan
    3rd Apr 2019
    12:06pm
    Totally agree with you Ming - see my comment above.
    Not a Bludger
    3rd Apr 2019
    2:02pm
    Spot on, Ming - could not have put it better myself.
    Captain
    3rd Apr 2019
    4:29pm
    Shorten and Labor appear not to care that upwards of 800,000 SFR'S may not vote for them because of the Franking Credit fiasco.

    Strange way of looking at the electorate and potential voters.
    Seadove
    3rd Apr 2019
    5:21pm
    The people receiving franking credits would never vote for Labor anyway so your votes won't make any difference. It is a fiasco that people receive money back for nothing so all good in my books to get rid of it and make the negative gearing retrospective as well maybe then some not so well off people could afford to buy a house.
    Old Geezer
    3rd Apr 2019
    5:30pm
    I'm wondering what will happen when all the family members of those $1.3 million affected by franking credits don't vote Labor either. That's an awful lot of votes they will lose. My family are all putting Labor last after our Christmas dinner discussion.
    fred
    3rd Apr 2019
    6:37pm
    Seadove You don't get it or do not want to listen!
    Self funded retirees have paid the franking credits taxes and in accordance with superannuation and tax regulations, the income from dividends are " tax free", so just like Government pensions the income is TAX FREE. How would you like to lose 30% of your income overnight after saving for 40 years . No we will not vote Labor or Greens or lectured
    by all the rest of the socialists who feed on Government handouts and have the gall to rip into us for extra taxes over and above that already paid
    Captain
    3rd Apr 2019
    7:39pm
    Seadove, they WILL NOT vote Labor now, and I know that many SFR's did vote Labor previously

    Believe it or not, pensioners will receive their Franking Credits whilst SFR's will not receive the Credits. How is that fair?

    I presume those that receive the Aged Pension are not getting money for nothing via the taxpayer, and SFR's (who receive no taxpayer handouts) should pay tax on every penny they earn on their investments after their lifetime of hard work.

    You, Seadove could receive upwards of $1 million dollars of taxpayer monies by being on the Aged Pension whilst the SFR will receive not one penny. Clearly you are jealous of those that tried to secure their own futures.

    Please your bias at the door as you enter the conversation.
    Seadove
    4th Apr 2019
    1:26am
    The gall of you to suggest that someone receiving a pension hasn't worked hard all their working life. There are those in society that no matter how hard they have worked would never see anything like the money that some SFR have and it's not necessarily because it's been wasted on booze, cigarettes, gambling and whatever else some on here have suggested. The reason is that not everyone in society has the intellect to get the high paying jobs, like the garbage man that takes your rubbish away, the people that work in factories that have all but been decimated by this Liberal government and the council workers that keep your streets clean and your parks and gardens looking respectable. These people are on very meagre wages and are lucky to save a cracker for their pension years, let alone even know what owning a share would be like so yes, you in your ivory towers that have been fortunate to have a higher paying job and save something should stop to think everyone who doesn't have thousands by the time they are retired is not because they have wasted it, it's because they haven't earnt enough in the first place. As to your suggestion that I could receive upwards of $1 million dollars is ludicrous because you do not know the first thing about my situation. Typical of LNP thinking though, if you aren't on our side you are one of those others so I don't expect any better.
    ardnher
    4th Apr 2019
    9:51am
    i am a self funded retiree and will NOT lose my franking credits as I pay a lot of tax
    Captain
    4th Apr 2019
    3:00pm
    Seadove, who suggested that pensioners did not work hard? Please read comments before replying.

    I said you could receive upwards of $1 million of taxpayer, no suggestion that you will. Perhaps I should have said a pensioner could receive that amount over a retirement of 30 years.

    I started my working life a a 16 year old 1st year apprentice in the early sixties, living 300 kilometers away from my family. I ate 3 meals a week as that was all I could afford. Walking to work was standard. Entertainment was anything that was free. Hard times as many others experienced, however I finished my apprenticeship and went to evening education classes and eventually gained an Accountancy Degree ( all paid for by myself).

    I don't think my experiences were any harder or different to many of my peers and I am proud of where I ended up in life.

    By the way I have never voted Liberal or National Party in my life, however the next election could see me vote Liberal.
    Anonymous
    5th Apr 2019
    2:47pm
    Seadove, what is 'our side'? The side of the selfish creeps who are happy to see SOME people taxed at 30% despite having very low incomes - just because they worked hard and saved - while SOME people get well over a million in handouts because they bought a very expensive house and cruised the world so they could qualify for a part pensioner?

    Nobody said pensioners didn't work hard. But so did self-funded retirees who are being totally screwed over by Labor.

    No, I'm not on 'your side' if you support theft from hard working, honest Australians.

    I certainly support calls for a better deal for needy pensioners, but I'm sick with disgust at the selfishness I'm seeing here.

    And like Captain, I never voted LNP or National in my life but I will this time.
    Paddington
    6th Apr 2019
    9:10pm
    Pensioners have a limit on what they can earn no matter how that is earned.
    Divisive arguments aimed at pensioners is unnecessary and counterproductive.
    The real hard up ones are the single pensioners with no home. The rest can manage what they have but single pensioners with nothing have nothing to play with.
    Everybody’s circumstances change over time and you have to readjust your money and possessions.
    Look at what you have and change some things. Downsize or sell stuff or get some advice.
    Get creative!
    Valalan
    3rd Apr 2019
    11:59am
    $75.00 won't stretch far in these economic times but it's better than nothing for pensioners.
    KSS
    3rd Apr 2019
    12:55pm
    Would you rather have it than not? If not then give it to someone else who needs it more.
    Paddington
    6th Apr 2019
    9:12pm
    KSS, there is nothing wrong with what Valalan said. It is not a million dollars but it is something. People are looking to pick on here. You don’t know others circumstances.
    thommo
    3rd Apr 2019
    12:05pm
    what a joke....and an insult....
    judo
    3rd Apr 2019
    12:15pm
    Our politicians suffer badly from myopia and seem to be unable to cope with more than one energy problem. Yes, electricity is a big problem. We did our sums and installed solar panels about 10 years ago and have not had an electricity bill since. The forgotten problem is the cost of gas. We use gas for cooking and heating. This is an essential item during the winter months and is as great a financial burden as electricity. Our politicians seem to be fixated on pensioners being solely users of electricity.
    outlander
    3rd Apr 2019
    12:26pm
    Who out there is surprised that pensioners are overlooked. $75.00 well I will take it..My house insurance is the big concern, a 25% increase in 2 years!. No claims on them by me to warrant this increase.. greedy like the banks.
    Privatising anything and bringing in shareholders always pushes prices up. Electricity is just another example.
    KSS
    3rd Apr 2019
    1:06pm
    Well what announcements has Mr Shorten made concerning pensioners then?

    Oh that's right, he is taking away franking credits (worth around $2-3000+ to some pensioners). And what about power prices? You can bet with Mr Shorten's determination to appease the Greens, prices will surge steeper and faster than ever before and be more unreliable than today. What has he announced for pensioners to off set those charges?

    And you seem to forget that insurance companies work by spreading the risk among many. You may not have made a claim but think about those in QLD who have lurched from drought, to cyclones to severe floods. And people in WA have had similar trials. Lots of claims and we all pay. You and me included!
    Greg
    3rd Apr 2019
    2:13pm
    KSS - Get your facts right, nobody is taking away the franking credits of pensioners.
    Sceptic
    3rd Apr 2019
    2:28pm
    SMSF members who became pensioners after 28 March 2018 will not get franking credits Greg.
    Rae
    3rd Apr 2019
    2:31pm
    Yes Greg yet another reason that self funding is a bad idea.
    ardnher
    4th Apr 2019
    9:50am
    taking away franking credits of non taxpaying pensioners!!
    Anonymous
    5th Apr 2019
    2:42pm
    Get your facts right, Greg. Shorten is bribing a cross-section of pensioner elite - those who were on a pension or part pension as at March 2018. Stuff the rest - no matter how poor they may be or might become. But you take the bribe, Mate. And justify the bribery. He's not hurting you, so it's all good isn't it? Selfishness is a plague in today's Australia.
    Paddington
    6th Apr 2019
    9:21pm
    Pensioner elite is an oxymoron lol!
    What do you have O and A that is stopping you getting some pension?
    It is such a thorn in your side then rearrange your possessions to get a bit of pension at least.
    I have a friend who was close to getting the pension and she had quite a lot like a home, some land and some super. So you can have quite a lot. She does not qualify and still works anyway but the exercise demonstrated some with quite a lot can get a bit of pension.
    Seek some advice and help yourself.
    Don’t envy pensioners just improve your own lot.
    Robert Henry
    3rd Apr 2019
    1:57pm
    Really Janelle Ward? I like this site but this is a disgusting bit of trying to buy votes for the Election. We are living well below the Poverty Line and Doc has it correct, we need $75.00 a week. $75.00 one off is 20.5 cents a day, why did they bother? Last year, when I was ill with a virus and had my heating running during the day as well, one my Electricity Bills was well over a $1,000 and I was shocked. Around the $250 plus usually. Cynical, contemptible piece of Pre-Election Pork Barrelling. I'm pleased so many other members agree with me, It gives me hope for the future once we get rid of this Awful Government.
    Sceptic
    3rd Apr 2019
    2:21pm
    If you get rid of this Government they will be replaced by the ALP/Greens. Your heating will soon cost a hell of a lot more then.
    ardnher
    4th Apr 2019
    9:49am
    as Swan said after losing office last time...getting into bed with Greens when in power was a disaster..words to that effect anyway.
    Misty
    7th Apr 2019
    1:18pm
    Who said Labor is getting into bed with the Greens?, and anyway if they have been in the past, is that any worse then the LNP getting into bed with Pauline Hansen?.
    purplejan88
    3rd Apr 2019
    2:22pm
    pensioners need $75 a week increase every week not just once - no-one should be living in poverty in a first world country
    Old Geezer
    3rd Apr 2019
    5:27pm
    If you are living in poverty then you are living beyond your means. Forget the latte and smashed avo.
    purplejan88
    3rd Apr 2019
    2:22pm
    pensioners need $75 a week increase every week not just once - no-one should be living in poverty in a first world country
    johnp
    3rd Apr 2019
    2:29pm
    Do those with just the Cwealth Seniors Health Card (CSHC) receive this ??
    Old Geezer
    3rd Apr 2019
    5:26pm
    NO
    johnp
    5th Apr 2019
    12:40pm
    thanks for the answer OG, think you could be right !!
    Eddy
    3rd Apr 2019
    3:21pm
    Well I am a "winner' two ways. As a veteran I may get either $75 or $125 (not too sure how it will work) and as a taxpayer (yes I have to pay tax on my military superannuation) I will get a tax cut of somewhere less than $1080. Whoopee. Sorry PM and Treasurer that is not enough to buy my vote. Would you like to make another offer, my suggestions are 1. making my superannuation tax free, or 2. making Centrelink deduct the tax I have to pay from my income for income test purposes so my wife and I can draw a small part pension.
    moke
    3rd Apr 2019
    3:21pm
    I wonder who this jerk is kidding. This great big one of hand out means very little to a Sole pensioner with no other income. Time the Government lived like everyone else. When you finish work live on what you have got from taxpayers and call it quits. No more hand outs, once done all done the tax payer should not have to continue to support ex pollys.
    BettyBoo
    3rd Apr 2019
    3:23pm
    Who is monitoring this website? Please take down Kali-G'so hateful and hate-filled comment immediately. It's disgraceful.
    Old Geezer
    3rd Apr 2019
    5:25pm
    RoFL
    Seadove
    3rd Apr 2019
    5:27pm
    Very true, I thought it was Pauline Hanson or Fraser himself it's so racist.
    Paddington
    6th Apr 2019
    10:11pm
    I have commented...
    Misty
    7th Apr 2019
    1:19pm
    You need to hit the report link BettyBoo.
    PlanB
    3rd Apr 2019
    3:59pm
    Woop woop holey hell, don't spend it all in the one shop -- they have to be *&^%$#$ joking
    gonebush
    3rd Apr 2019
    4:31pm
    Give Clive a go couldnt do any worse than the big 2 crap to em all use clive as protest vote
    Seadove
    3rd Apr 2019
    5:32pm
    So Clive Palmer screwing over his former employees is ok with you? Clive couldn't give a shit about anyone in the electorate and is in it for himself and what he can rort out of the trough. I you don't want to vote for the big two parties try an independent, at least that way you aren't hurting the country by putting imbeciles in to government. There are too many there now.
    Robert Henry
    3rd Apr 2019
    4:43pm
    Agree Betty Boo we don't need those sorts of uninformed, racist comments, we are all Australians from whatever land we came from. I noted the Christchurch shooter was from Queensland, that doesn't mean all Queenslanders are Mass Murderers.
    On another note for those of you who think the $75.00 a year one off, is good value, in a week you wouldn't have enough to buy a cup of coffee. In a month you could buy a Cuppuccino and have roughly $2.00 left. What an awful Government.
    Cowboy Jim
    3rd Apr 2019
    6:20pm
    Comes from Grafton, Robert. And that is still in NSW.
    Jilly B
    3rd Apr 2019
    6:45pm
    I am just grateful for what I get from the Government. There are many things like the Asset test etc that was altered in 2017 but I prefer to think on the positive side and live on what I have. As for comments from readers about the $90,000 earning limit for some tax relief many may be interested to find out what a couple earning that amount of money each are paying in tax, child care, Hecs etc. All of us know that one day we will make a choice to retire. Some provide for this better than others and some still continue to overspend when they do not have the money and get into financial trouble. I am still working and the ATO is taking tax out of my casual wages like I earn the amount each fortnight for the year so to date I have paid over $14,000 in tax out of a total pay of $45,000. A lot of people who say you will get it back at tax time but I need it day to day to pay for living and NOT at the end of the financial year. I have queried this amount with the tax department and they stated this is how it is worked out. Sorry!!
    Jilly B
    3rd Apr 2019
    6:45pm
    I am just grateful for what I get from the Government. There are many things like the Asset test etc that was altered in 2017 but I prefer to think on the positive side and live on what I have. As for comments from readers about the $90,000 earning limit for some tax relief many may be interested to find out what a couple earning that amount of money each are paying in tax, child care, Hecs etc. All of us know that one day we will make a choice to retire. Some provide for this better than others and some still continue to overspend when they do not have the money and get into financial trouble. I am still working and the ATO is taking tax out of my casual wages like I earn the amount each fortnight for the year so to date I have paid over $14,000 in tax out of a total pay of $45,000. A lot of people who say you will get it back at tax time but I need it day to day to pay for living and NOT at the end of the financial year. I have queried this amount with the tax department and they stated this is how it is worked out. Sorry!!
    Knows-a-lot
    3rd Apr 2019
    7:13pm
    A $75 one-off. BIG F*&%*NG DEAL. It's an insult.
    Chooky
    3rd Apr 2019
    9:49pm
    It is
    Aviator
    3rd Apr 2019
    7:31pm
    Geez what a load of #*#@+_#!%&%! whingers!!!!
    Chooky
    3rd Apr 2019
    9:49pm
    $75 is an insult. LNP have done nothing to push for structural change. Nothing. And don’t be fooled into thinking they will act to address the spiralling power costs in the future. They wiil do nothing.
    Robert Henry
    3rd Apr 2019
    11:28pm
    Thanks Cowboy Jim for pointing out my lapse. I always try to check my posts for mistakes but that one got past me. My Dad worked on a dairy farm at Lismore and loved it. Looks like you like a beer like me. Try Birra Moretti the beer of the Friulli in Italy, it's one of our favourite beers, with a crisp malty taste. Won quite a few gold medals over the years as well. Fraternally Robert Henry
    Cowboy Jim
    4th Apr 2019
    8:01am
    Very familiar with that Moretti beer, picture of a Mafioso on the label. Favorite of mine when in Italy, they have it in large bottles. Have only seen the little stubbies here. Ciao.
    BOLOGO
    4th Apr 2019
    1:38am
    Shows how out of touch this Government is in regard to the dire situation of pensioners..... Particularly singles. A token..... And a slap in the face like the pension rise this month.
    Paulo
    4th Apr 2019
    12:59pm
    What a pack of bloody wingers! As my mother said, if you don't have anything nice to say, then be quiet. All recipients of the energy supplement will be better off rather than worse off. Say thanks for small mercies
    Aviator
    4th Apr 2019
    8:55pm
    Nobody says thanks anymore mate.
    Hairy
    5th Apr 2019
    12:17pm
    Scott Morrison your talking utter bull crap . I wouldn’t believe not one word of gobbledygook that spills from your mouth.i for one will not be voting for any major party,I couldn’t even say they are worse than used car salesmen that would be a gross insult to them.

    5th Apr 2019
    2:31pm
    When it comes to bribes, the energy payment pales into insignificance next to the $150,000+ bribe Labor is using to tempt my multi-millionaire part-pensioner neighbour and his ilk.

    "Vote Labor, mate, and we'll take 30% of the income of you much poorer SFR neighbours while giving you TRIPLE BENEFITS PLUS THESE LITTLE ONE OFF GIFTS. You will get over $150,000 in franking credit cash refunds over the next 25 years in retirement, paid for by the children of those battling neighbours who settled for houses worth 1/4 of the value of yours avoided being a burden on taxpayers for as long as they were able. Screw them. Take the bribe. Labor will look after the manipulators and the bludgers and the lame ducks. It just hates honest workers who live responsibly and contribute.
    johnp
    7th Apr 2019
    9:18am
    Agree with GeorgeM
    Travellersjoy
    7th Apr 2019
    9:45am
    Ha, ha, ha!

    Those $75 payments are direct from taxpayers to energy companies via our bank accounts.

    Better they did something about the corporate rip-offs that bleed us dry and prevent Australian businesses from thriving.

    Morrison must think we are all thick as bricks or coming down with dementia.
    Robert Henry
    7th Apr 2019
    10:29am
    Travellersjoy you are so absolutely spot on, as with most things with this Government it is all Smoke and Mirrors. Morrison reckoned it would cost $1.4 Billion to reopen Christmas Island & the Government set aside $178.9 Million to manage the transfer of Refugees to the centre for treatment but the Budget Papers reveal the Gov intends to repeal the Medivac legislation and close the centre before July. Wasted Time, Money and Manpower for nothing. This only adds to the long list of absolute Failures by this Government with the National FRAUDBAND being at the top of the list. If there was only one reason to chuck this Government out on its ear, it's the Multi Technology Model NBN. We are a joke around the World. But unfortunately for us it's not the only reason to kick them out, there are a litany of reasons.
    Older lady
    7th Apr 2019
    11:41am
    My worst bill is my water bill. I only use $20 worth of water but it ends up being more than my electricity and gas bill put together. This should be investigated.
    WATER BILLS ARE FAR TOO HIGH and it’s not something I can control other than using as little water as I can like I do. Rip off !
    Farside
    7th Apr 2019
    5:45pm
    Availability of scheme water and underground sewerage is a privilege too often taken for granted until something goes wrong, then you hear about it. Do you know how much it costs to provide and maintain these services? You don't see the water companies reporting windfall returns year on year so perhaps make the effort to read the annual reports and budget for your water authority. Don't just be another uninformed comment yelling "rip off" if it is little more than rhetoric sourced in ignorance.

    Next ask yourself whether water and sewerage utilities should be cross-subsidised by other government funded services to reduce prices or is it better addressed by providing a welfare benefit to those that cannot afford the service?

    No time or inclination to become informed, no problem - ask yourself this question: would these charges go up or down if water and sewerage services were privatised?
    Adrianus
    8th Apr 2019
    7:42am
    Older lady, my thoughts exactly. Since many councils have privatised the cost is substantially higher. I heard of person being charged $450 for 3 litres of water.
    Farside
    9th Apr 2019
    9:56am
    Adrianus, can you give a couple of examples for councils that have privatised?

    Your spurious anecdote of $450 for 3L of water is at best a half-truth, so why repeat it?
    80 plus
    7th Apr 2019
    12:50pm
    Does any one monitor these posts? lets have a discussion on what is on the table and less crystal ball gazing on what the party the writer does not support is going to do.
    Misty
    7th Apr 2019
    1:30pm
    80 + you only think that way because you do not agree with most of the comments here, bad luck, it is a fact of life that there are more, less well off people then wealthy, so of course you have to expect them to see these offers as bribes and insults when they are treated in this manner, voters are not as stupid as pollies seem to think they are.
    Adrianus
    8th Apr 2019
    7:55am
    Misty, nobody thinks you are stupid. Did the Labor Party think you were stupid when they sent you a set top box? Or a $900 cheque? Did they think you were stupid because they gave you $14 per F/n climate change allowance? When they put pink batts in your ceiling? How about the OAP? Do they think you are stupid because they give you the OAP? It's all in your mind Misty.
    Misty
    8th Apr 2019
    9:32am
    Not my mind Adrianus, I am talking about the current mob now and politicians in general.
    80 plus
    8th Apr 2019
    10:21am
    Misty, how do you know I do not agree with most of the comments posted? I was asking for more discusions and less insults, These "one off" offers are bribes, read my post again.
    Misty
    7th Apr 2019
    1:00pm
    At least they included the New Start in this one off payment, even if it was an afterthought, aimed at catching votes. Do all these politicians think the Australian voters are stupid? I am sure they do but we are not the stupid ones, they are.
    Adrianus
    8th Apr 2019
    7:47am
    Hello Misty???!!!
    Everything politicians do is designed to get votes. That's what we want them to do. If they were bad then we wouldn't vote for them. You appear to be appealing to those who you call stupid to not vote for the LNP because of this cash handout?
    Well we voted for this sort of behaviour during the Rudd Gillard Rudd experiment.
    Misty
    8th Apr 2019
    9:33am
    No we didn't Adrianus, tghat is why Labor got voted out.
    Old Pete
    8th Apr 2019
    4:26am
    Hi, what a joke I live in a nursing hoster and probably won't receive the payment... However if in fact, I did receive it 85% of it will go to the facility,


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