22nd Feb 2012
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Pensioners aren't cool enough

I think it’s wonderful that same sex marriage is coming to the political fore. Marriage equality is an important issue, one that I support, and I do not begrudge the three same-sex couples their dinner with our Prime Minister last night.

But why them? Why not, say, three pensioners who would like to discuss the fact that after working hard their whole lives they now can’t afford health insurance or dental care?

Last night Julia Gillard and her partner had three same-sex couples over for dinner at the lodge. The dinner was put up at the Press Gallery Midwinter Ball charity auction last year, and the activist group GetUp! bid $31,000 on behalf of these three couples as a way to bring attention to marriage equality.

This highlighted for me just how chic is has become to have a cause. The year before GetUp! won a surfing lesson from Tony Abbot on behalf of a refugee. Same sex marriage, refugees, climate change… these are all popular, even cool issues to care about. But who is putting up $31,000 as a publicity stunt on behalf of pensioners, or those experiencing ageism in the workplace?

Almost everyone in Australia has a family member or close friend who is of an age to be eligible for the pension. Quite a few will know someone affected by marriage equality, fewer are directly connected to a refugee.  Many people who support anti-climate change projects rarely leave the cities long enough to see the nature they are fighting so hard to protect.

Why are we so impassioned by issues with little or no connection to our personal lives? How do organisations like GetUp! choose who to support, and why haven’t our parents, our neighbours and our friends made the cut?

Find out more
Read the news article to find out more about same-sex couples having dinner with Julia Gillard, including the menu

Poll
The Prime Minister served liquorice allsorts ice-cream for dessert at her dinner last night. 

Do you think liquorice allsorts ice-cream sounds divine or disgusting?

Divine
Disgusting
 




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    Tathra
    22nd Feb 2012
    3:15pm
    I have to agree with you. The lady across the road when she turned 90 had to get new teeth but they told her there was a 2 year waiting list! Mind you she is now 99 so as far as her age goes it was OK but the pain was the problem especially when eating so she had to take her money saved from her pension to "jump" the cue. Wrong!
    Precious 1
    15th Mar 2015
    8:35pm
    Well there you are she had money from her pension savings...how many would dare to say they don`t get enough pension without guilt......

    22nd Feb 2012
    4:04pm
    I'm 68, own home but on an aged pension, can't afford private medical fund. Was having dreadful problems with partial dentures; couldn't chew to eat properly. After a 2 year wait my denture was 'fixed' by their choice of 3 specialists but, because it was still painful to wear and use I still couldn't eat properly. FORTUNATELY I was diagnosed with diabetes type2. Why fortunately? I was then given a government dental voucher to the value of $.,... to have new dentures made by someone of my choice. I returned to the dental prosthetist who'd made my first perfect dentures years before! Also, I've never been overweight and have eaten properly so do wonder if my diabeties was due to the fact that for 3 yrs I couldn't eat/chew properly that I became a diabetic.. what an awful thought! Pensioners are treated like 2nd class citizens when it comes to dental work!
    JettyArt
    24th Feb 2012
    8:05pm
    If people want to have sex or 'affection' outside marriage that is their personal choice, the same as it is if anyone in a marriage wants to have an affair with another person outside their marriage. Should we pass a federal law to approve of shagging someone other than our married partner?
    Precious 1
    15th Mar 2015
    8:37pm
    I hope you mean "don`t think so" its a matter of taking care of your own body and have some respect for the child and/or parents as everyone is usually dragged into these situations....
    Ron
    14th Mar 2015
    5:45pm
    Pensioners are not cool because we are old, slow, repeat ourselves, uninteresting and not organised. We need a vocal and aggressive national organisation. We are under-represented in parliament and an easy target for knee-jerk politicians who say slug our aged rather than cut foreign aid to other nations or cut immigration of people who despise our way of life. Possibly GetUp! prefers more trendy subjects.
    Ron
    14th Mar 2015
    5:52pm
    Pensioners aren’t cool because we are old, slow, repeat ourselves, uninteresting and not organised. We need a vocal and aggressive national organisation. We are under-represented in parliament and an easy target for knee-jerk politicians who say slug our aged rather than cut foreign aid to other nations and cut immigration of people who despise our way of life. Possibly GetUp! prefers more trendy subjects.
    Ron
    14th Mar 2015
    5:54pm
    Pensioners aren’t cool because we are old, slow, repeat ourselves, uninteresting and not organised. We need a vocal and aggressive national organisation. We are an easy target for knee-jerk politicians who say slug our aged rather than cut foreign aid to other nations and cut immigration of people who despise our way of life. Possibly GetUp! prefers more trendy subjects.
    Precious 1
    15th Mar 2015
    8:34pm
    Some things you read on here sound far fetched to my mind..I know these on here would be well certified I suppose to be true...but I do hear tall stories at times and whatever situ I have been in I have had the most almost immediate attention anyone could possible have since 21 to 77......if this ladies problem had been eating and masculating the food properly then surely her Doctor would have urged attention much earlier...I know some age will go home and say they don`t want to go to the dentist I can hear it but in my experience living in three countries over my lifetime so far in everycountry the medicals have been exemplary........and neer even asked for payment above more than I could manage..mind you I have always been insured....
    worker
    16th Mar 2015
    10:42am
    pensioners are cool they can be numbers vote (employee) a government or dismiss one and MPs should note this
    worker
    16th Mar 2015
    10:44am
    pensioners are cool they can be numbers vote (employee) a government or dismiss one and MPs should note this
    mangomick
    16th Mar 2015
    10:48am
    I don't want to ever be that "COOL" that I end up getting an invite to have Lunch with Tony Abbott.........


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