Opinion: Senator Ruston's bad week

Were the Senator's comments taken out of context?

Wrap: Senator Ruston's bad week

Senator Anne Ruston has not had a good week.

Her appearance on Mornings with Neil Mitchell on Melbourne radio station 3AW did not go well.

She’s two months into her new role as Families and Social Services Minister and already she’s somewhat of a pariah among the people she’s trying to help.

To be fair to the Senator, going head to head with Neil Mitchell is a challenge. He has sunk much bigger boats than hers. He knows how to get his story and is without doubt one of the toughest interviewers in the game.

It’s a game Senator Ruston may have lost this week.

On Monday, Neil Mitchell did his Neil Mitchell thing and got the angles he needed to make good radio. All credit to Mr Mitchell. That’s what he does, and he does it very well.

He raised some good questions – somewhat leading questions but questions we know pensioners and retirees want answered – and he also extracted some great comments from the Senator.

The Senator rightly pointed out that she’s only two months into the job and she has already managed to get something done that hasn’t been done for nigh on four years – cut the deeming rates.

The first thing she’s done since taking office is tackle an issue that has been a sore point for pensioners for a long time.

She also said that in future, changes to the deeming rates will be more “responsive to when market conditions change. If we see change (in official interest rates) it’s timely that we review deeming rates as required”.

There is little doubt that the changes to the deeming rate, albeit minor, will help some pensioners.

“[The] changed rates are good for them and good for the economy,” said the Senator.

But it was on this point Mr Mitchell bit hard.

He maintained the Government had made $1 billion off the backs of pensioners by not adjusting deeming rates sooner and that it had to know it was doing something wrong.

“Do you accept that the government has made a billion extra dollars because interest rates have gone down but the deeming rates haven’t?” he asked.

“I’m not in a position to tell you what’s happened over that time, I can just tell you what’s happening right now,” said the Senator.

She seemed to be treading water admirably.

It was when she made those ill-fated comments about the Age Pension being generous that she came undone.

“The Age Pension,” said Mr Mitchell. “$66 a day. Could you live on it? I couldn’t.”

“I don’t think a debate about whether I could live on (the pension) or not is relevant. It is a generous amount of money that the Australian taxpayers make available to our older Australians,” said Senator Ruston.

“I’m sorry, did you say the pension is generous?” asked Mr Mitchell.

Game over …

The backlash from older Australians went a little something like this …

“Dear Minister Anne Ruston,

What a load of crap! No one is financing my pension. I was a taxpayer for 45 years plus and paid my due taxes every month. If people like you stopped wasting our bloody money on unnecessary trips overseas and other “tours” around the country, if you stopped giving yourselves high raises, there would be some money left for the needed. What I am getting is a return of my money (not so wisely invested and used by the federal government).” ~ wrote YourLifeChoices member AussieTuca in the comments on our article Age Pension ‘generous’, says social services minister.

There were more comments along these lines, such as:

“The adjustment to the deeming rate is great for those age pensioners who own their house and apparently have a stash of money in the bank! What about the poor old pensioners who are lucky to be able to switch the heater on after they have paid the rent. So who cares? No one except those affected.” ~ Denis Wombat

“I’m not a pensioner but I am equally outraged. She hasn’t got a clue. The politicians stole the money pensioners saved through their taxes and now they sit back knowing they themselves are well provided for in retirement and, and, decide others have to do it tough because they can’t manage the economy.” ~ VinceD.

“I have always said, and still say, that it should be mandatory for anyone who is elected into parliament to have to live on the pension for a minimum of three months. See how many of them think it’s generous then.” ~ Geminiwoman

Others were a little more sympathetic.

“While her comments were clumsy governments of all persuasions have to look at budgets. When the first equivalent of an aged pension was introduced (I think 1907) the majority of people barely last four years before passing. These days people are living longer on average - a great many people are getting much more from OAP than they ever contributed in taxes. I am not affected as I am not entitled as I earn too much - no complaints - yet during my working life at one time I was paying well over 100k in taxes per year (so if I did get an OAP I would never recover what I contributed). These politicians all make this “generous” comments - they say the same thing about veteran allowances. The OAPers who do it tough are those renting – those owning their own homes are okay (may not be well off but okay). I watch TV and news and see every interest group asking for more and more funds but no one offers where the money is coming from or what can be cut.” ~ bob menzies.

Some took more offence to pension being called ‘welfare’ rather then being referred to as ‘generous’.

“I wish other ministers and media commentators (including some who contribute to this forum) would cease using the term ‘welfare’ when referring to payments made by the government to the less affluent members of our community. The term ‘welfare’ is used in a denigrating manner, most people who receive social security payments are good citizens who, for one reason or another, require community support. They do not deserve the sneering comments from more fortunate people.” ~ Eddy

Some thought the Senator could have just admitted she used the wrong words and that some pensioners are doing it tougher than she could ever imagine.

“I note that all sides of politics have disagreed with this minister. If this is an example of how she treats those under her portfolio, she will soon become a backbencher. She has not apologised, nor has she claimed to be taken out of context which suggests an arrogance that is not compatible with her job.” ~ Old Man

Even Neil Mitchell later admitted that the Senator may not have actually meant what she said.

“I think that what’s she’s done here is a slip of the tongue, and then not willing to go back and fix it,” he said.

YourLifeChoices contacted Senator Ruston to get her side of the story. Read her response.

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Not a Bludger
19th Jul 2019
10:20am
Of course she was taken out of context - as did many of your correspondents, blindly, in their permanently outraged pile on.
Anonymous
19th Jul 2019
4:51pm
Of course a Lieberal Party troll would say that...
Agnes
20th Jul 2019
3:37pm
and of course intellego a paid up Labor party troll would say just what you have said. Your cheque from Albo is on it's way....no doubt it will bounce, given the dishonesty of the man and the deporables he counts on as his front bench.
Rosscoe
19th Jul 2019
10:28am
These LNP parliamentarians are the ones the majority of Australians voted in. Now, suck it up, like the rest of us! They couldn't manage a chook raffle!
ray from Bondi
19th Jul 2019
1:06pm
here here, people believe the Orwellian ministry of truth and it tells us that we are sooo happy so stop complaining. I have read that was the older Australians who help them win, just how people could believe the lies I do not understand but it happened.
Agnes
20th Jul 2019
3:41pm
Easy Ray we chose not believe the mendacious perfidious lies of the ALP... that's why they failed so abysmally and given the fact they have chosen such a pusillanimous congenitally retarded leader will fail again.
Rae
20th Jul 2019
5:19pm
Yes everything now is the fault of the LNP. They have been in power for most of the past 26 years. Time to prove how good they are.

No point talking about Labor,. They have been out of the game for years. It's all the Liberal's fault if it goes pear shaped.
Misty
20th Jul 2019
8:31pm
Things don;t look too good as far as jobs go, only 500 new ones last month and Davod Jones putting off 900 staff won't help matters and one od the banks is closing some of their banks too, more job losses less money to spend and the economy dips.
Misty
20th Jul 2019
8:49pm
If any lies were told before the election then both parties are as bad as one another, they are, or employ, peoople who are expert at twisting the truth, careful what you say here Digby, yhou could be sued for calling Albo names, people are being sued these days just for commenting on Facebook, not even on their own page either, where will it all end I wonder.
Paddington
20th Jul 2019
11:37pm
Misty, LNP won by a mile this election for mistruths courtesy of Palmer in Qld especially. Fact check has stated that lies were told about taxes and each duties. People who had no franking credits thought they might lose them lol. My brother works on the elections in Qld and he has said that it was different this time. Palmer was ruthless and people were confused by the lies.
Digby reckons he is a doctor which is odd as no doctor would speak like that.
Doctors are well aware of the importance of being sued as well.
Writing big words Digby does not mean you are intelligent. Writing for everyone is much more clever.
*Loloften*
21st Jul 2019
3:47am
Totally agree Rosscoe. Many of our Politicians (State & Fed) will never need to survive on the OAP (unless totes morons financially) thks to gifting themselves far too generous Super/retirement incomes & many perks funded by all of us.....including Pensioners. What really annoys me is that the categrory often mentioned by LNP is "Tax Payers," neglecting the fact that PENSIONERS ARE TAX PAYERS, thks to Howard's GST, on all insurances/rates/utility et al bills we pay.
john
19th Jul 2019
10:47am
If this Senator is an example of the people we put into parliament , and get a portfolio and have not got the diplomatic nous, and then come out with idiotic statements , then we are in trouble or who ever appointed her, needs to have another look at the competence and the ability to put a message over , because the bottom line for this person is to realise people on pensions PAID THEIR TAXES ALL THE DAMNED LIVES AND ITS OUR MONEY, thankyou Senator, perhaps a bit of retrainiong for you!
And using the typical old excuses , like she's been in the job only two months , TOUGH! .aLSO WHEN ASKED ABOUT LIVING ON THE PENSION SHE WOULDN'T ANSWER AND THE BILLION DOLLAR QUESTION, THESE PEOPLE ALWAYS PLEAD IGNORANCE FROM EARLIER ON , WELL she should know the history before she even took up the position, foolish woman should not be in the job!
Wiseowl
20th Jul 2019
11:16pm
john, you are exactly right ! I hadn't read your comment when I sent mine in and now I read we are of the same mind. Politicians need to spend time checking up on the History of their portfolio when they enter parliament. To be well informed about the History is a powerful tool for anybody in a decision making capacity.
*Loloften*
21st Jul 2019
4:03am
Wiseowl - they don't give a damn, as long as they get all their perks + 10% increases in salary annually. Pensioners are pests to them, threaten to not be able to brag abt "decreasing the surplus." Who gives a damn abt a surplus with our lowest ever in history interest rates, insignificant as shown in many other countries....perfect examples of why no PM in past 10+ yrs (some didn't have enough time/knowledge) to supposedly "fix" our economy whilst all greedly accepted their huge, compared to ours, wage increases - yes, I consider a Pensioner increase as a well earned wage increase.
Big Kev
22nd Jul 2019
2:36pm
John, it is not just the OAPs getting screwed over. Newstart has not been increased for 6 years so unemployed have to live three or four to household. And we still have John Howards definition that a person is employed if they work 1 hour per week. I wonder by what factor of 10 would the unemployment figure increase if it was based on people earning minimum wage or even more horrific, a living wage.
Farside
22nd Jul 2019
3:16pm
actually Kev, the dole benefit has not been increased in real terms for 25 years or thereabouts. Sorry, cannot blame Howard for the definition of employed if in paid one hour in the reference week; this was ratified in 1982 by the International Labour Organisation.
Kato
19th Jul 2019
10:53am
No slip of the tongue and nothing taken out of context. Mitchell stop being a suck if that's the best you can come up with get off the radio it's starting to show that you are losing the appetite for making all accountable.
GeorgeM
19th Jul 2019
1:54pm
Yes, certainly NOT a slip of the tongue, probably just an inexperienced Minister let out what the Liberal party talks behind the scenes but is not supposed to tell in public!

A serious apology was expected, not a watering down by her or by Neil Mitchell who works for an organisation where they suck up to the Liberal party.
Bushbaby
19th Jul 2019
11:12am
I haven't heard anyone pick up on her comment slipped in there that the pension was put in place to help people who didn't save the income they need to look after themselves (or words to that effect). The implication seemed to be that anyone who can't support themselves is to blame for their own status. This is patently not true and so demeaning of those whose lives have been devoted to the care of others such as children, elderly relatives, disabled in the family etc. We all know that this primarily affects women - although not exclusively - who have usually been the primary care givers in society. I can 'get' that the comment about the generous amount could have been a 'slip of the tongue' but I do not believe for one moment that the entire choice of words were inadvertent and misunderstood. There are very few people who are fortunate enough to lead charmed lives, with wonderful employers, over the top wages, never-fail investments, no impact from circumstances entirely outside their control such as world economic disasters or episodes of serious illness or injury to disrupt their fairy-tale lives. Those of us who live in the real world know full well that the chances of us making it through even short periods of time without problems are pretty small. No matter how carefully we arrange our lives, disaster can strike any of us leaving us vulnerable and unable to help ourselves. Incidentally, did you notice that my description of a charmed life seems to fit most politicians very well! What wonderful retirements we would all have if had just a fraction of their benefits - notice their pensions aren't called welfare! Just sayin'
*Loloften*
21st Jul 2019
4:11am
Well said Bushbaby
Worked hard to retire
19th Jul 2019
11:12am
Amazing how others can say that this was taken out of context , when most of us know what the underlying agenda is of capitalism and this government.
These comments make your blood boil. there are so many pensioners out there doing it tough but it seems Governments can just ignore this plight and offer more money to pensioners in less need .
Its a scary and cruel world we live in .

19th Jul 2019
11:40am
No, she wasn't taken out of context, she was ill prepared for a hard interviewer. She said the wrong thing totally in context of the interview and answering a straightforward, carefully thought out question. If anything she was badly prepared and her staff should have prepared her better by going through possible questions that Mitchell would have been expected to ask. Hopefully she will learn from this, apologise and not make excuses and move on. If she is not prepared to do this then she is the wrong person to hold a ministerial portfolio.
GeorgeM
19th Jul 2019
2:08pm
Agree with your comments quoted in the main article as well as the above. However, why do we need such a "wet behind the ears" Minister to look after the interests of the Older population such as Retirees whom she clearly does not relate to? Remember that they all cheered in parliament that an Indigenous person was made the Indigenous Affairs Minister! It shows how irrelevant the Retirees have become to the Major Parties by repeatedly NOT voting out these major party MPs - we get a weak, junior Minister unaware of the pension system or how it was meant to be funded.

I also think this may be the normal attitude within the Liberal party (maybe also Labor) to pensions, it is just that this inexperienced Minister let their secret out.
Rae
20th Jul 2019
5:29pm
It is refreshing for a Liberal Minister to actually tell the truth about how they think.

I'm bemused that people expect conservatives to be compassionate and have empathy for the less advantaged when it has always been evident that it's beyond them to think that way.

The next step after conservative , is neo-liberal and then fascist with all it's darkness.

It would be great if these people actually told the truth more often really. Have a go and get a go sort of stuff.

Expecting good things from them is pretty foolish really. Dog eat dog is what they understand the world is like.
Baby Huey
19th Jul 2019
11:42am
So Ruston had a tough week - TS! She opened her mouth and put both feet in it by making a condecending and demeaning statement to vunerable penensioners. I do not believe the statement was taken out of context and I do not feel sorry for her. If it is to hot in the senate kitchen then resign and get a real job.
Sundays
19th Jul 2019
2:19pm
She is paid a very large salary. At that level, no one should go to a meeting or interview unprepared. If she is truly representing her Portfolio, she needs to be on top of all the issues. We expect more from a Minister in a senior position than someone with training wheels on.
hyacinth
19th Jul 2019
12:14pm
If you make a "slip of the tongue" then whoooops it is actually what you are thinking. Yes she got it wrong and my invitation still stays open. Come and stay with me for a month and live off my pension (including putting aside all the mandatory money for rates insurance electricity bills etc.) Mind you Senator you might find it a bit chilly still being winter because the fire doesn't get lit until 5.30pm so you will have to wrap up warm .And remember no fancy meals. Entertainment is a bit on the low side so its mainly TV at night and expect to come out during the week to entertain residents in nursing homes and then you will be able to see and hear how they manage. It could be quite a fascinating month for you and I am sure quite an eye.opener.
hyacinth
19th Jul 2019
12:14pm
If you make a "slip of the tongue" then whoooops it is actually what you are thinking. Yes she got it wrong and my invitation still stays open. Come and stay with me for a month and live off my pension (including putting aside all the mandatory money for rates insurance electricity bills etc.) Mind you Senator you might find it a bit chilly still being winter because the fire doesn't get lit until 5.30pm so you will have to wrap up warm .And remember no fancy meals. Entertainment is a bit on the low side so its mainly TV at night and expect to come out during the week to entertain residents in nursing homes and then you will be able to see and hear how they manage. It could be quite a fascinating month for you and I am sure quite an eye.opener.
pedro the swift
19th Jul 2019
1:37pm
Funny that nearly every time a pollie put their foot in it "its taken out of context".
So the issue of wether she(or other pollies) could live for three months on the pension is irrelevant is it? well lets see anyone of them really try. Any takers ? No , I thought so!

As others have pointed out,pensions were meant to be paid for out of a percentage of tax as set up a long time ago but that has been forgotten by many and pollies(and others) try to make out its "welfare". well maybe it is in cases where someone hasn't been able work for any reasons. How long will it be before they try to take over your super(already done in some cases) pay you a pittance and claim its "welfare".
Ducky
19th Jul 2019
1:46pm
If they learned how to manage the taxpayers money properly we wouldn't be in this mess. Could be solved if they all took a pay cut of the amount they recently allotted themselves. Perhaps every time they receive and increase pensioners could also receive one.
Rae
20th Jul 2019
5:33pm
Yes Ducky or just got back the revenue base they flogged off that we built with high taxes in the past. No Party should be able to sell public assets like these people have done.
Ducky
19th Jul 2019
1:41pm
If she thinks the pension is generous try living on it for a period of twelve months with no access to any help of any kind. She knew exactly what she was saying. Pensioners worked hard for at least half a century and paid taxes to keep the likes of her in a job. Many of us did not have the benefit of superannuation or the handouts her generations have had nor the overpayments politicians receive for the extras they receive.
Rae
20th Jul 2019
5:34pm
I'd be real happy if I got that $10 000 a year childcare rebate for the 8 years I paid after tax with no help. Real happy.
Boomah52
19th Jul 2019
1:45pm
Affirmative action at its finest.
Captain
19th Jul 2019
3:44pm
emoji required with clapping hands (Trebor, are you there?).
TREBOR
20th Jul 2019
12:42am
Sorry, trip to the doc today... two docs actually.

How horribly true that is.
Misty
20th Jul 2019
1:13am
TREBOR where is your photo?, I do like that cat.
TREBOR
21st Jul 2019
10:13pm
Got that reaction from the lovely neighbour's cat who took me on as a second home. She brought in a bird and was shocked when I put it in the bin... she was feeding me, showing me that I was no good at hunting...

Found that photo...
Misty
19th Jul 2019
1:51pm
As I said elsewhere, nothing is allowed to get in the way of next years surplus, so nothing will change, just more of the same old same, excuses, excuses.
Tood
19th Jul 2019
2:07pm
Self ingratiating bimbo taking credit for the lowering of deeming rates, it would not have been her decision anyway, she is just the mouthpiece. As for the generous pension comment, lucky us, a new idiot in parliament, just what we needed.
hyacinth
19th Jul 2019
2:28pm
WE have enough voices here to take on the next government. We need some of these voices in parliament.
hyacinth
19th Jul 2019
2:28pm
WE have enough voices here to take on the next government. We need some of these voices in parliament.
Triss
19th Jul 2019
4:33pm
We sure do, Hyacinth.
Andy
19th Jul 2019
2:39pm
NO
hyacinth
19th Jul 2019
2:44pm
Why not? Can you give a good reason ?. Many people here have had a lot of experience something that many of our politicians do not have.
hyacinth
19th Jul 2019
2:44pm
Why not? Can you give a good reason ?. Many people here have had a lot of experience something that many of our politicians do not have.
Triss
19th Jul 2019
4:40pm
Yes, Andy. Life experience and work experience is something any of our pollies don’t have. Left school, gone to uni, become a solicitor and jumped into politics. Left school joined a political party, stayed in, jumped in as a candidate.
ronloby
19th Jul 2019
3:08pm
Typical Pollie. "I look after myself and bugger everyone else". This has been the attitude of MOST pollies over the years. I spent many years in the Defence Force and got very little when I retired and now on the Age Pension. They do a few years in Parliament and come away with 2 or 3 hundred thousand dollars per year for life.

19th Jul 2019
4:50pm
She deserves to be a pariah. Her comments are indefensible.
BillF2
19th Jul 2019
5:09pm
Anne Ruston most likely got what she deserved, but on further reflection, it looks like she was set up as a 'patsy' for the real policy makers, Morrison, Frydenberg and Cormann. Someone who has been in the job for two months, with dollar signs in her eyes after being promoted to minister, does not make those policy decisions. She is just the mouthpiece. Unfortunately she is too naive to realise this. Meanwhile Morrison, Frydenberg and Cormann are laughing themselves silly.
KSS
19th Jul 2019
7:15pm
I have read and reread the quoted comments in the article and cannot see anywhere where Ms Ruston said the aged pension was generous. She did say:

"It is a generous amount of money that the Australian taxpayers make available to our older Australians,” and that is true. Just as it is a generous amount of money that the Australian taxpayer makes available for all welfare: 35% of GDP or $191.8 billion in 2019–20. and the age pension accounts for about $50b of that. $50b is a great deal of money in anyone's language. And even the radio host acknowledged that Ms Ruston did not actually say or mean how it has been interpreted.
But hey let's not let that get in the way of a good story - or miss an opportunity to release the venom that is always bubbling away in respondents on this site.
TREBOR
20th Jul 2019
12:45am
First off - it's not 'welfare'....... after that the rest doesn't count.
Worked hard to retire
21st Jul 2019
7:09pm
Agree with Trebor , why do people insist on calling the pension welfare!!!! , it is a payment back to tax payers who have payed taxes all there lives and worked hard for ( No different to franking credits) .
I find most people that support this Government and its policies for retired workers are very financially well off them selves , they are the ones that think this government can do no wrong in implementing policies that only make things tougher for the workers that have retired and require some support .

I for one don't mind paying taxes to support Ausies in there retirement after working all there lives if they cant afford to support them selves mostly due to no fault of there own.

Fortunately the Rich are getting Richer and the poor are getting poorer all created by capitalism and greed.
Worked hard to retire
21st Jul 2019
7:09pm
Agree with Trebor , why do people insist on calling the pension welfare!!!! , it is a payment back to tax payers who have payed taxes all there lives and worked hard for ( No different to franking credits) .
I find most people that support this Government and its policies for retired workers are very financially well off them selves , they are the ones that think this government can do no wrong in implementing policies that only make things tougher for the workers that have retired and require some support .

I for one don't mind paying taxes to support Ausies in there retirement after working all there lives if they cant afford to support them selves mostly due to no fault of there own.

Fortunately the Rich are getting Richer and the poor are getting poorer all created by capitalism and greed.
Farside
22nd Jul 2019
8:32am
it doesn't make much difference whether the aged pension is called welfare, social security, safety net or whatever, so long as those that need it get enough of it. The pension is definitely not a refund of taxes paid or a payment to taxpayers. Pensioners do not have to paid taxes or even worked, let alone worked hard. The only requirements to be eligible for aged pension are to be old enough and satisfy the means test. I suspect fewer than half pensioners have actually had paid jobs given the workforce participation rate only averaged 63% over the past 40 years.
Chooky
19th Jul 2019
8:13pm
Lame excuse, I’ve only been in the job two months. Well Senator, you are not being paid a traineeship wage are you? No. So are you saying you’re not qualified to do the job? Bet you’re not saying that either. If you don’t like the heat then get out of the kitchen.
Insulting pensioners by telling them $66 per day is generous doesn’t surprise me at all as I am very well informed of lib politicians and how they really regard pensioners. It’s just a pity many oldies were sucked in by the Libs during the election campaign. Feel insulted by this liberal senator? You voted for it.
ollie
19th Jul 2019
10:53pm
This parasite said exactly what she thinks that's why she said why else would she say it
ollie
19th Jul 2019
10:53pm
This parasite said exactly what she thinks that's why she said why else would she say it
TREBOR
20th Jul 2019
12:35am
The tough week this kind of entitlement princess needs is to be sacked like any other employee for stupid comments about her job.
TREBOR
20th Jul 2019
12:52am
This might help:-

"Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BBus (University of Southern Queensland)
Electorate officer 1987-93
Senior Policy Adviser to the Minister for Industrial Affairs, Tourism, Recreation, Sport and Racing (SA) 1993-96
Chief Executive, National Wine Centre 1996-2002
Owner/operator, Ruston's Roses 2003-12."

Never held a real job...
travelman
20th Jul 2019
4:57pm
You might not be a bludger but you must be stupid. She was not taken out of context, she actually said, "It is a generous amount of money given by the taxpayers to older people" referring to the question on pensions. This stupid woman lives in cuckoo land and is as bad as that idiot we have for a Prime Minister. People who get an aged pension are not bludgers because in their working life they contributed through the tax system deductions to a pension fund. They are only getting what they put in, except one Prime Minister stole that fund for other uses. It was never repaid into the fund thus nothing to continue to invest in the same way the money that people now put in for their super. It was pretty 'bloody' simple when you think about it - when the pension fund was emptied that's when the super system was started. It was a case to make all the tax payers to replace what a Prime Minister took and we let it happen. Then to think that Senator Anne Rushton gets paid - she is not worth being paid in rusty washers. Also to think those dummies who voted for that useless mob called a government, to make matters worse they had the temerity to slag the Labour Party. No wonder this country is going down the "drain". If most of the people had any idea what is down the track for this country it would make them feel very sick. To quote an old comedian, "You haven't seen nothing yet folks".
Wiseowl
20th Jul 2019
11:09pm
For Senator Ruston to say " I’m not in a position to tell you what’s happened over that time, I can just tell you what’s happening right now,” in her interview with Neil Mitchell clearly shows that she has not "studied" what deeming rates were doing in the past and what Pensioners were saying about them (deeming rates) When she took office she should have read up what the History was about deeming rates and what the Pensioners were complaining about. It is part of her role to be fully informed about the past, present and future. She gets paid well in her job and she should put the work into it to be an effective Senator.
retvilldotnet
21st Jul 2019
7:30am
To Anne Ruston MP. I am sorry. Sorry that I wasn't as aspirational as I should have been. Sorry that I am finishing my life journey as an aged pensioner. Sorry that I am not worthy of your respect. I am sorry

22nd Jul 2019
7:22pm
I get the full aged pension with supplements, I RENT and can save up to $7000 a year from the payment. It costs me nothing for rent, or living, all is free. At $1063 fortnight it is plenty, $270 a fortnight is all it takes, with 13 months a year it's easy.
Captain
22nd Jul 2019
7:37pm
Pixapd, I like the idea of renting but not paying rent. Nice work if you can get it. How do you do it?


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