Call to drop GP fee for pensioners

Terry Barnes, former policy consultant to Tony Abbott and the person responsible for recommending a GP fee to the Commission of Audit, came out yesterday and suggested that payments to carers and pensioners should be increased to soften the impact of the fee. This compensation could come in the form of a “one-off adjustment of $70,” said Mr Barnes.

A fair budget?

Research shows poorest contribute the most.


The Coalition breaks key promises

Several key Coalition promises were broken in Tuesday’s budget.

Dear Treasurer, help us… to help ourselves

The most disappointing aspect of the budget is that it fails to address the long term issues confronting longer living older Australians.


16,000 public service jobs to go

The Abbott Government is preparing to axe a total of 76 government bodies.

Federal Budget

Federal Budget 2014 summary

It may have been his first Federal Budget, but that didn’t stop him from hitting hard and few Australians have been spared at least some budget pain. For the last couple of weeks we’ve been reading about possible cost savings and revenue raising measures, so let’s find out what is included and what was simply deemed too unpalatable for the Australian public to digest.

Federal Budget

10 little-known Joe Hockey facts

Here are 10 little-known facts about Treasurer Joe Hockey.


Corrupt political donations?

The voters deserve to know who is funding our political parties, and at what price.

Our budget black hole

Fixing the budget black hole.

Horror cuts to come

More horror budget cuts are looming.


Treasurer warns of Pension changes

Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey has flagged possible changes to the Age Pension


GST rise on the cards

No chance of a federal budget surplus for a decade without an increase in the GST.

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