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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.

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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.

Federal Budget

Comprehensive and sustainable national aged care system – Budget 2011

With the Productivity Commission due to deliver its final report into redesigning Australia's aged care system next month, it will be interesting to see just how far the $55.4 billion committed over the next four years will go.

Federal Budget

Mental health - Budget 2011

‘Australians with a mental illness will get the care they need, when they need it, under a $2.2 billion reform package (over five years) for mental health services.’ Now that’s a big claim. We hope it is possible. The breakdown of core components of this program is as follows:

Federal Budget

Debbie's Budget Blog

The delivery of the 2011/12 Federal Budget was perhaps one of the least anticipated events on the political calendar, with little joy expected, especially for those struggling on an Age Pension or low income. However, that did not dissipate the excitement of attending the budget lock-up in Canberra for the first time.

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An Age Commissioner - Budget 2011

We simply don’t believe it… buried in the fine print, there it was. The Government will provide $4 million over four years to fund a stand-alone Age Discrimination commissioner and support team in the Australian Human Rights Commission. nWhat does this mean for you?

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Workforce participation - Budget 2011

The two key elements to the package announced - Building Australia’s Future Workforce - are a $3 billion investment over six years in new skills initiatives and a boost in participation through improved incentives and services supporting disadvantaged Australians seeking work. This, the treasurer declares, will ‘ensure more Australians have the opportunity to share in the nation’s prosperity’.

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