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Mining tax passes Senate

The mining tax will become a reality on 1 July 2012. The Government’s much-maligned vehicle for claiming back profits made by the mining magnates as part of Australia’s resources boom, passed the Senate last night by 38 votes to 32.

Medicare

Medicare-funded dental system

Tony Abbot called for the introduction of a Medicare-funded dental system on Tuesday this week. The Opposition Leader stated in his first major speech for the year that cheaper dentistry was “an aspiration not a commitment” and that such a program would not be possible until the Budget returns to a strong surplus.

Federal Government

GP helpline

What do you do if it’s the middle of the night and you’re feeling unwell but a trip to hospital seems extreme? A new after hours GP helpline could allay your fears until the morning. n

A word on the Carbon Tax

Liberal Senator Eric Abetz has shared his views on the Carbon Tax. Have a read and then share your comments at the bottom of the page.

Seniors Finance

Carbon Tax Calculators

Whether we like it or not, the Carbon Tax is here. And many people are now asking how it will affect them and their families. Most of the anecdotal evidence suggests doom and gloom. However, the Government is saying that the Household Assistance Package will help 9 out of 10 Australian households. This will be done through tax cuts and increases to Government allowances and pensions.

Carbon Tax

Carbon tax compensation

A few months may have passed since the announcement of the proposed Carbon Tax but the detail of how the compensation will work is still the subject of some confusion. Denis would like to know how compensation will be paid.

Age Pension

Age Pension eligibility age

Under the Pension Sustainability Reforms in 2009, the Federal Government announced an increase in the Age Pension eligibility age. YOURLifeChoices subscriber John has heard conflicting reports and is unsure if he will actually be eligible to apply for the Age Pension.

Federal Government

Free set-top box

Is the government-funded set-top box really new? The 2011/12 Federal Budget delivered continued funding for the Household Assistance Scheme to provide eligible pensioners with a free set-top box. As this is already in operation, it seems strange that the announcement provoked such political backlash.

Federal Government

Set-top boxes explained

Is the government-funded set-top box really new? The 2011/12 Federal Budget delivered continued funding for the Household Assistance Scheme to provide eligible pensioners with a free set-top box. As this is already in operation, it seems strange that the announcement provoked such political backlash. n

Federal Budget

Dental health - Budget 2011

Improved access to public dental health will be welcomed by many Australians for whom a visit to the dentist provokes a reaction of fear and loathing – not at the actual treatment itself but at the bill presented upon completion. The Government is investing $53million over four years to provide support for 150 internship places targeted at public dental health facilities. This will in theory improve access to dental services for those on low incomes.

Federal Budget

Cancer screening funding - Budget 2011

With fewer than 40 per cent of bowel cancers being detected early, the need for a screening program is evident. Funding for this program ceased at the end of last year, however the 2011/12 Federal Budget has delivered $138 million over four years for a screening program targeting 55, 60 and 65 year olds, to facilitate a reduction in the number of people dying from the disease.

Federal Budget

Keeping seniors connected

Following on from the Broadband for Seniors initiative, further funding of $10.4 million will be provided over four years to support the 2,000 existing broadband kiosks around the country. An estimated 94,000 older Australians have utilised these kiosks to keep in touch with family and friends, or simply to find out what all this internet malarkey is about. More than a third of users had never used a computer before.

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