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Should Kevin Rudd get UN job?

PM to make a ‘captain’s call’ on Kevin Rudd UN top job

Should Kevin Rudd get UN job?

The PM has been given the all clear to make a ‘captain’s call’ on Kevin ...

Is Australia’s health system failing?

Health hotspots: where is Australia’s health system failing?

Is Australia’s health system failing?

Grattan Institute report shows that Australia’s health system is failing in some communities.

Census boycotters face fines

Census 2016: Boycotters would face fines

Census boycotters face fines

The ABS warns that boycotting the Census will result in fines.

Ex-Liberal state director jailed

Former Liberal Party state director Damien Mantach jailed for $1.55m fraud

Ex-Liberal state director jailed

Former Victorian Liberal state director Damien Mantach sentenced to five years’ jail for fraud.

ACOSS to fight welfare changes

Welfare body calls for better care of those on low incomes

ACOSS to fight welfare changes

ACOSS is prepared to fight the Government over proposed welfare changes.

LNP Senator scorns party over super

Liberal Senator Eric Abetz lashes out at the Coalition’s super policies

LNP Senator scorns party over super

LNP Senator Eric Abetz has lashed out at his party for its handling of super.

MPs: older voters distrust e-voting

MPs say older Australians would be distrustful of electronic voting

MPs: older voters distrust e-voting

Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten have called for electronic voting in future elections.

The future of super in doubt – again

The future of super in doubt – again

The future of super in doubt – again

The future of super again in doubt due to close Election 2016 result

What will your vote cost you?

Find out how your vote will affect your hip pocket

What will your vote cost you?

RateCity has created a calculator that informs you of the personal cost of your vote.

Senate voting rules: how to vote

New Senate voting rules: how to make sure your vote counts

Senate voting rules: how to vote

Voting rules for the Senate have changed. Here’s how to make your vote count.

Election 2016: emoji style

The Election 2016 campaign told ‘emoji-style’

Election 2016: emoji style

The ABC has created a fun Election 2016 campaign wrap up, as told in emojis.

Same-sex marriage a ‘certainty’

Same-sex marriage a ‘certainty’

Same-sex marriage a ‘certainty’

Will same-sex marriage bill pass through Parliament?

Election 2016 – do you care?

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Election 2016 – do you care?

Read on for a sneak preview of how retirees will vote in Election 2016.

Healthcare trumps economy

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Healthcare trumps economy

Older voters believe that health care is more important than the economy.

Euthanasia in election spotlight

Voluntary euthanasia: back in the Election 2016 spotlight

Euthanasia in election spotlight

The Voluntary Euthanasia Party has announced six candidates for Election 2016.

Labor puts big business offside

Labor to refuse big business tax cuts

Labor puts big business offside

Would denying big business a tax cut endanger our economy?

Election debate: focus on super

Election 2016 debate - leaders shake hands

Election debate: focus on super

Who will be the best person to run the country for the next three years ...

Over 80,000 pensions to be cut

Unhappy pensioners

Over 80,000 pensions to be cut

Proposed changes to pension residency criteria could see over 80,000 pensioners cut off.

Do our pollies deserve their perks?

Australian politicians’ perks border on scandalous

Do our pollies deserve their perks?

The perks claimed by Australian politicians are now the subject of media scrutiny.

Over 65s distrustful of politics

Election 2016: Older Australians are dissatisfied with politics

Over 65s distrustful of politics

Ipsos Poll shows older Australians are more likely to be dissatisfied with politics.

PM confirms 2 July Election

PM confirms 2 July Election

PM confirms 2 July Election

As we’ve all suspected for several weeks, we’ll be heading to the polls on 2 ...

Coalition confident of re-election

Budget 2016/17: Malcolm Turnbull ‘quietly confident’ of re-election

Coalition confident of re-election

Malcolm Turnbull is confident of re-election, saying he’ll win off the back of the budget.

Investing in our future

Government to invest a record $50 billion on infrastructure

Investing in our future

The Government has pledged a record $50 billion for roads, rail, bridges and infrastructure.

Budget – what do you want to know?

Budget – what do you want to know?

Budget – what do you want to know?

If given the chance, what would you ask the Treasurer?

How the PM plans to tax super

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How the PM plans to tax super

Big changes to how the Government plans to tax superannuation may be on the way.

What older Australians want (summary)

What older Australians want (summary)

What older Australians want (summary)

What you want in Budget 2016 will change the face of retirement.

Budget 2016 – what you want

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Budget 2016 – what you want

What you want in Budget 2016 will change the face of retirement.

Company tax cuts not the answer

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Company tax cuts not the answer

Fifty prominent Australians have called on the Government not to cut the company tax rate.

TV host blasts PM over NBN

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TV host blasts PM over NBN

Slow internet is annoying but is it really worth getting angry about?

Union does the right thing

Union does the right thing

Union does the right thing

Strikes planned for the Easter weekend at Australia’s airports have been cancelled.

DHS strikes could delay pensions

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DHS strikes could delay pensions

Will your pension payment be affected by DHS strike action?

Retiring politicians’ bumper pensions

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Retiring politicians’ bumper pensions

‘Retiring’ politicians will add $2 million to the parliamentary pension bill.

Dole recipient loophole exposed

Dole recipient loophole exposed

Dole recipient loophole exposed

Newstart Allowance recipients are exploiting a loophole that allows them to refuse jobs.

Plan to offer super opt-out

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Plan to offer super opt-out

You don’t need to spend big to show your true feelings.

How safe is your super?

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How safe is your super?

It may be worthwhile asking your super fund just how safe is your super.

ACOSS $9.5 billion savings plan

ACOSS $9.5 billion savings plan

ACOSS $9.5 billion savings plan

ACOSS has handed the Government a plan to save around $9.5 billion a year.

Stamp duty concessions

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Stamp duty concessions

If you’re planning to downsize, will you get a stamp duty concession on your new ...

Pension to become a loan?

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Pension to become a loan?

Watch out home owners – they’re coming to get you!

Age Pension to become a loan?

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Age Pension to become a loan?

Watch out home owners – they’re coming to get you!

New ministry announced

New ministry announced

New ministry announced

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has unveiled a new ministerial line-up.

PM to reshuffle after MPs retire

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PM to reshuffle after MPs retire

Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss and Andrew Robb to retire from politics.

Government may privatise Medicare

Government may privatise Medicare

Government may privatise Medicare

Will the government privatise the Medicare payments system?

Minister’s secret China visit probed

Federal Minister Stuart Robert’s secret China visit probed

Minister’s secret China visit probed

Federal Minister Stuart Robert is under fire for a secret visit to Beijing.

No rise in GST but super in spotlight

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No rise in GST but super in spotlight

Raising the GST may have lost its appeal for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Unpopular GST increase on the cards

GST rise: opposed by 54 per cent of voters

Unpopular GST increase on the cards

The latest Newspoll results suggest a GST increase won’t be well received.

Age Pension portability under threat

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Age Pension portability under threat

Changes to portability of the Age Pension will be discussed in Parliament this week.

Economists call for tax reform action

Scott Morrison called on to show “guts” on tax reform

Economists call for tax reform action

Treasurer Scott Morrison needs to have the “guts” to make the call on tax reform.

Super suffers as shares drop

Superannuation – no escaping the share market link

Super suffers as shares drop

Peter Costello has taken a shot at our superannuation system.

Fraudulent couples on welfare notice

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Fraudulent couples on welfare notice

Centrelink has put on notice welfare recipients trying to defraud the system.

Australian pensioners living in poverty

Pensioner living in poverty with only bread to eat

Australian pensioners living in poverty

Australian pensioners don’t have enough money to live on.

No inquiry into MP photo leak

No inquiry into MP photo leak

No inquiry into MP photo leak

There will be no inquiry into the leaked photo of the female staffer.

Robbing Peter to cure Paul

Pathology cuts to fund cure for Hepatitis C

Robbing Peter to cure Paul

Sussan Ley announces new funding for Hepatitis C cure, but it comes at a cost.

What the MYEFO told us

MYEFO – what cuts are we facing?

What the MYEFO told us

As expected, there was no good news when Scott Morrison delivered the MYEFO.

$5 billion of cuts to be announced

MYEFO: How will Scott Morrison balance the books?

$5 billion of cuts to be announced

Just how the economy is faring is set to be revealed tomorrow.

Age Pension no guarantee

Age Pension no guarantee

Age Pension no guarantee

Scott Morrison has outlined the government’s vision for a new retirement income system.

Is your future being stolen?

Is your future being stolen?

Is your future being stolen?

Research suggests $44 billion in retirement savings could be lost over the next 10 years.

Tobacco tax on the radar

Tobacco tax on the radar

Tobacco tax on the radar

If Labor wins the next Federal Election, it will implement more tax increases on tobacco.

Joe Hockey’s last hurrah

Joe Hockey’s last hurrah

Joe Hockey’s last hurrah

Yesterday, former treasurer Joe Hockey said goodbye to a 20-year parliamentary career.

Malcolm Turnbull's poll victory

Malcolm Turnbull's poll victory

Malcolm Turnbull's poll victory

Prime Minister Turnbull is the most popular new PM of the past two decades says ...

Energy companies gouging consumers

Energy companies gouging consumers

Energy companies gouging consumers

The electricity component of your latest bill made up just 11 per cent of what ...

Super tax breaks back on agenda

Super tax breaks back on agenda

Super tax breaks back on agenda

Financial Services Inquiry head, David Murray, has called for the new PM to rethink super.

NBN cost blowout

NBN cost blowout

NBN cost blowout

The National Broadband Network (NBN) will need an additional $8 billion in funding.

Should over 65s pay income tax?

Should over 65s pay income tax?

Should over 65s pay income tax?

Major groups are calling on Canberra to stay open-minded about tax reform.

Council denies unfair dismissal

Council denies unfair dismissal

Council denies unfair dismissal

A Tasmanian council has been accused of firing a worker to avoid paying redundancy.

NBN rival to launch in 2016

NBN rival to launch in 2016

NBN rival to launch in 2016

Global telco MyRepublic this week announced its plan to launch services in Australia.

Cost of imports to skyrocket

Cost of imports to skyrocket

Cost of imports to skyrocket

The Government plans to increase the GST on imported products purchased online.

Tax cuts at next federal election

Tax cuts at next federal election

Tax cuts at next federal election

Joe Hockey announced that he would like to promise tax cuts at the next federal ...

Bishop to repay misused funds

Bishop to repay misused funds

Bishop to repay misused funds

Speaker Bronwyn Bishop will repay the taxpayer money spent on a helicopter ride.

GST talks back on the table?

GST talks back on the table?

GST talks back on the table?

Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey has put an increase in GST back on the agenda.

DSP approval rates hit new low

DSP approval rates hit new low

DSP approval rates hit new low

Only 36.9 per cent of DSP applicants were approved last financial year.

Will he or won’t he?

Will he or won’t he?

Will he or won’t he?

Malcolm Turnbull has been announced as a panellist on the ABC’s Q&A next week.

Shorten faces Royal Commission

Shorten faces Royal Commission

Shorten faces Royal Commission

Bill Shorten has come under fire for an undisclosed $40,000 campaign donation.

Government blamed for ATO delays

Government blamed for ATO delays

Government blamed for ATO delays

Aussie taxpayers are having difficulties with the ATO’s new online tax system.

Super access age increase proposed

Super access age increase proposed

Super access age increase proposed

Up to $7 billion a year could be saved by increasing the super access age ...

June 2015 Government update

June 2015 Government update

June 2015 Government update

Debbie explains all things pension in our comprehensive Government update.

Crackdown on welfare fraud

Crackdown on welfare fraud

Crackdown on welfare fraud

As of 1 July, the Government has increased its efforts to wipe out welfare fraud.

Internet prices to fall

Internet prices to fall

Internet prices to fall

An ACCC draft decision may see internet prices fall for millions of Australian internet users.

Super funds face major reforms

Super funds face major reforms

Super funds face major reforms

Super funds will undergo a major shake up after new reforms announced late last night.

New copyright Bill passes Senate

New copyright Bill passes Senate

New copyright Bill passes Senate

New copyright laws may see information censored, along with illegal content.

Drug policy may save $300 million

Drug policy may save $300 million

Drug policy may save $300 million

Government and patients would save millions of dollars with this policy.

Pension changes approved

Pension changes approved

Pension changes approved

New pension legislation changes will save the Government $2.4 billion.

Your job may be automated by 2025

Your job may be automated by 2025

Your job may be automated by 2025

Around 40 per cent of Australian jobs could be replaced by technology by 2025.

Aussies happy with tax levels

Aussies happy with tax levels

Aussies happy with tax levels

Australians are generally happy with the amount of tax they pay.

Super changes to tax free income

Super changes to tax free income

Super changes to tax free income

ASFA and Westpac are pushing for limits on tax-free superannuation incomes in retirement.

Cashless welfare card to be trialled

Cashless welfare card to be trialled

Cashless welfare card to be trialled

The government will trial a cashless welfare card in some areas later this year.

Senate told Q&A leans left

Senate told Q&A leans left

Senate told Q&A leans left

The Coalition has concerns that Q&A leans to the left.

Call to expand Pension Loan Scheme

Call to expand Pension Loan Scheme

Call to expand Pension Loan Scheme

Senate crossbenchers want the government to expand the Pension Loans Scheme.

Centrelink services under fire

Centrelink services under fire

Centrelink services under fire

Almost a quarter of the 57 million calls made to Centrelink last year went unanswered.

Government control of the arts

Government control of the arts

Government control of the arts

Senator George Brandis has slashed $104.7 million in funds from the Australia Council.

Joe Hockey – a better retirement

Joe Hockey – a better retirement

Joe Hockey – a better retirement

Read about Joe Hockey’s hopes for retirees.

Improving fairness of benefits

Improving fairness of benefits

Improving fairness of benefits

The government has pledged $60 million to strengthen the integrity of the welfare system.

Greens leadership shake up

Greens leadership shake up

Greens leadership shake up

Christine Milne has stepped down as Greens leader.

Asset thresholds to be lowered

Asset thresholds to be lowered

Asset thresholds to be lowered

Budget changes could see 200,000 part-pensioners lose their entitlements.

Hands off super: Costello

Hands off super: Costello

Hands off super: Costello

Peter Costello has warned the government against tinkering with our superannuation system.

Dr Karl to donate IGR fees

Dr Karl to donate IGR fees

Dr Karl to donate IGR fees

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki has stated that he will donate his IGR fees to government schools.

Mental health system in disarray

Mental health system in disarray

Mental health system in disarray

Australia’s mental health system is in need of treatment.

Relief in sight for pensioners

Relief in sight for pensioners

Relief in sight for pensioners

The Federal Government is considering changes to the pension taper rate.

NSW election win good for PM

NSW election win good for PM

NSW election win good for PM

The results are in – the Liberals win the NSW election and the Aussie’s win ...

Why Direct Action won’t work

Why Direct Action won’t work

Why Direct Action won’t work

Australia’s big polluters will set their own emission limits as part of the Direct Action ...

Older and poorer see GPs most

Older and poorer see GPs most

Older and poorer see GPs most

A report released today shows that those who visit GPs most are the old and ...

Government gives back your money

Government gives back your money

Government gives back your money

Abbott Government to reverse legislation moving ‘inactive’ account balances to ASIC.

Coalition pushes pension review

Government pushes pension review

Coalition pushes pension review

The offer of an independent review into pension rates is nothing more than lip service ...

Backbenchers target pension cuts

 Backbenchers target pension cuts

Backbenchers target pension cuts

A group of liberal backbenchers are pushing to scrap planned cuts to the pension.

Protect the Age Pension

Protect the Age Pension

Protect the Age Pension

Hold Mr.Abbott to his promise that there would be "no changes to pensions".

Millionaire pension payments

Millionaire pension payments

Millionaire pension payments

Asset-rich retirees have been receiving around $500 million in benefits per year.

AMA calls on PM to fix Medicare

AMA calls on PM to fix Medicare

AMA calls on PM to fix Medicare

The AMA has called on Tony Abbott to review his unpopular health policies.

$7 GP co-payment on chopping block

$7 GP co-payment on chopping block

$7 GP co-payment on chopping block

Tony Abbott has all but walked away from his government’s $7 GP co-payment proposal.

Abbott, Shorten tied for PM vote

Abbott, Shorten tied for PM vote

Abbott, Shorten tied for PM vote

Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten are tied as preferred Prime Minister.

Goodbye Gough

Goodbye Gough

Goodbye Gough

Gough Whitlam was a giant of a man – and a giant among men. Today ...

Parliamentary burqa ban

Parliamentary burqa ban

Parliamentary burqa ban

Within a week, ASIO may ban people from wearing a burqa into Parliament House.

Law changes will damage privacy

Law changes will damage privacy

Law changes will damage privacy

New anti-terror laws are expected to pass the senate before the end of the week. ...

What will really change today?

What will really change today?

What will really change today?

Discover exactly which budget items will take effect today.

Calls for cigarette floor price

Calls for cigarette floor price

Calls for cigarette floor price

Senator Nick Xenophon wants to increase the minimum price per packet.

Superannuation update #1 2014

Top 10 returns over 10 years to 28 February 2014

Superannuation update #1 2014

The 10-year returns are impressive, but is your fund one of the best performers?

Australia spends big on defence

Australia spends big on defence

Australia spends big on defence

Australia has purchased 58 new Joint Strike Fighters at a cost of $12.4 billion.

The return of knights and dames

The return of knights and dames

The return of knights and dames

Australia will once again have knights and dames.

NBN three-year plan revoked

NBN three-year plan revoked

NBN three-year plan revoked

NBN future uncertain for 500,000 ‘ready for service’ premises.

A letter to all retirees

A letter to all retirees

A letter to all retirees

We recently received an anonymous letter at YOURLifeChoices, addressed to all retirees

Telstra reduces roaming rates

Telstra reduces roaming rates

Telstra reduces roaming rates

Telstra has cut their global roaming rates to 20 per cent of current levels.

Protect your privacy online

Protect your privacy online

Protect your privacy online

Alan wants to know how to prevent the Government from viewing his online data.

Tax refund scam

Tax refund scam

Tax refund scam

Another scam has appeared, this time taking advantage of tax time.

DisabilityCare Australia

DisabilityCare Australia

DisabilityCare Australia

DisabilityCare Australia will be rolled out at a cost of $19.3 billion over seven years.

Challenge of natural disasters

Challenge of natural disasters

Challenge of natural disasters

The Government is investing $100 million in natural disaster mitigation.

Who’s really rotten?

Who’s really rotten?

Who’s really rotten?

An email from the Liberal Party claims “40,000 illegal arrivals under Labor”

Government grab for inactive bank accounts

Government grab for inactive bank accounts

Government grab for inactive bank accounts

The Government can now take accounts which have been inactive for three years

Hurry up and die

Hurry up and die

Hurry up and die

The Deputy PM of Japan has reportedly made some outrageous statements.

Centrelink concession card blunder

Centrelink concession card blunder

Centrelink concession card blunder

Not only are single parents due to have their Newstart Allowance cut, they have also ...

Record abuse of Centrelink staff

Record abuse of Centrelink staff

Record abuse of Centrelink staff

It seems that tensions at Centrelink offices are boiling over.

Dole bludgers bleed millions from taxpayers

Dole bludgers bleed millions from taxpayers

Dole bludgers bleed millions from taxpayers

Recently released figures show that 105 Victorians have been out of work for more than ...

Government backflip on asylum policy

Government backflip on asylum policy

Government backflip on asylum policy

The Government has decided to adopt all 22 independent recommendations.

$4.6 billion NBN blowout

$4.6 billion NBN blowout

$4.6 billion NBN blowout

The National Broadband Network project will cost an additional $4.6 billion to build and operate.

Government benefits to working longer

Government benefits to working longer

Government benefits to working longer

Dennis has continued to work past the age of 65 but isn’t aware of any ...

Government to blame for Olympic failure

Government to blame for Olympic failure

Government to blame for Olympic failure

Australia looks set to post its worst Olympic performance in a quarter of a century.

Changes to pensioner deeming accounts

Changes to pensioner deeming accounts

Changes to pensioner deeming accounts

Why isn't the Government acting to protect the Self Funded retirees and the Age Pensioners?

Hank Jongen - the human face of Centrelink

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Hank Jongen - the human face of Centrelink

Hank is responsible for $100 billion in funds and 40,000 staff.

Carbon tax impact on aged care costs

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Carbon tax impact on aged care costs

Aged care facilities can now take an extra 1 per cent of a resident’s pension.

Have our leaders failed…

Have our leaders failed…

Have our leaders failed…

... you say they have.

Aged Care—what will the changes mean for you?

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Aged Care—what will the changes mean for you?

Aged care is set to experience the biggest reform in over a decade.

Financial advice reforms pass Senate

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Financial advice reforms pass Senate

The Future of Financial Advice reforms passed the Senate on 20 June 2012.

Veteran’s service goes online

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Veteran’s service goes online

Accessing support services and providing information online is a time saving way to deal with ...

No share for pensioners

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No share for pensioners

There are three ways of viewing Budget 2012-3; politically, economically or personally

Austerity rules – or does it?

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Austerity rules – or does it?

Wayne Swan will today deliver the 2012/13 Federal Budget.

How could it all go so wrong

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How could it all go so wrong

For people struggling on a pension, Australia might not be the lucky country.

Super policy: back-to-front and inside out

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Super policy: back-to-front and inside out

Changes to the current superannuation policy are due to take effect on 1 July ...

Gillard under fire

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Gillard under fire

Julia Gillard is facing yet another challenge to her leadership.

Time for a rethink?

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Time for a rethink?

Australia’s political landscape is far from serene so who can save the Labor Party?

Budget predictions – Low Income Supplement

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Budget predictions – Low Income Supplement

With no Age Pension increase on the cards in this year’s Federal Budget, much ...

Budget predictions – Aged Care reforms

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Budget predictions – Aged Care reforms

Under the reforms more home and residential care places will be made available.

Budget predictions – Age Pension

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Budget predictions – Age Pension

Will this budget address the need for more money for senior Australians?

Budget predictions – Disability Insurance Scheme

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Budget predictions – Disability Insurance Scheme

This new project will start next year.

Aged care reforms update

Aged care reforms update

Aged care reforms update

Julia Gillard today announced major reforms on aged care.

Australian pensioners struggling with shortfall

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Australian pensioners struggling with shortfall

After paying a lifetime of taxes, are pensioners being given the cold shoulder?

Mining tax passes Senate

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Mining tax passes Senate

The mining tax will become a reality on 1 July 2012. The Government’s much-maligned ...

Medicare-funded dental system

Medicare-funded dental system

Medicare-funded dental system

Tony Abbot called for the introduction of a Medicare-funded dental system on Tuesday this ...

Mid-year budget cuts

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Mid-year budget cuts

Hell-bent on getting the balance sheet back in the black, Treasurer Wayne Swan has ...

GP helpline

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GP helpline

What do you do if it’s the middle of the night and you’re feeling ...

Carbon Tax Calculators

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Carbon Tax Calculators

Whether we like it or not, the Carbon Tax is here. And many people ...

A word on the Carbon Tax

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A word on the Carbon Tax

Liberal Senator Eric Abetz has shared his views on the Carbon Tax. Have ...

Age Pension eligibility age

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Age Pension eligibility age

Under the Pension Sustainability Reforms in 2009, the Federal Government announced an increase in ...

Carbon tax compensation

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Carbon tax compensation

A few months may have passed since the announcement of the proposed Carbon Tax ...

Appealing Centrelink Decisions

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Appealing Centrelink Decisions

Q. Graham You placed my concerns some time ago on your newsletter and I received some interesting information. I have since contacted the Government but cannot get any response to my mail and emails. Do you have an address for an organisation that address pensioners concerns ...

Free set-top box

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Free set-top box

Is the government-funded set-top box really new? The 2011/12 Federal Budget delivered continued funding ...

Set-top boxes explained

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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. The Household ...

Dental health - Budget 2011

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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 ...

Keeping seniors connected - Budget 2011

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Keeping seniors connected - Budget 2011

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 ...

Comprehensive and sustainable national aged care system - Budget 2011

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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. Under National Health Reforms a nationally consistent aged ...

Cancer screening funding - Budget 2011

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Cancer screening funding - Budget 2011

It is no surprise that when it comes to cancer, prevention or early detection are preferable to a cure. 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 ...

Skills initiatives - Budget 2011

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Skills initiatives - Budget 2011

The investment in skills has four prongs. Firstly, the National Workforce Development Fund created to deliver an estimated 130,000 training places tailored to industry needs. Secondly the streamlining, and in some cases fast tracking, of Australian Apprenticeships so more of the 400,000 apprentices complete the qualification, including a tax ...

Boosting participation - Budget 2011

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Boosting participation - Budget 2011

Reforms include changes to the Low Income Tax Offset (LITO) and the phasing out of the Dependent Spouse Tax Offset (DSTO) for those born on or after July 1, 1971, support for disadvantaged groups including those with a disability and the long-term unemployed, a targeting of those suffering from ...

Work bonus - Budget 2011

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Work bonus - Budget 2011

This is not news, but was delivered as such in the Budget press releases today. Starting 1 July the revised work Bonus will allow age pensioners (particularly those with seasonal or project work) to earn up to $250 a fortnight without having this assessed under the pension income test. ...

Mental health - Budget 2011

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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: ...

Workforce participation

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Workforce participation

“Jobs, jobs, jobs are the centrepiece of the budget”, said Treasurer Wayne Swan in the press conference in the budget lock-up today. Except for older Australians, apparently. The two key elements to the package announced - Building Australia’s Future Workforce - are a $3 billion ...

An Age Commissioner - Budget 2011

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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. What does this mean for you? It means there ...

An Age Commissioner - Budget 2011

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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. What does this mean for you? It means there ...

Debbie's Budget Blog

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Debbie's Budget Blog

The delivery of the 2011/12 Federal Budget was perhaps one of the least anticipated ...

Claiming a UK pension

Claiming a UK pension

Claiming a UK pension

If you have paid National Insurance contributions in the UK then you may be ...

Battle of the bulge

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Battle of the bulge

In early 2008 Australia gained the title of ‘fattest country in the world’… not the land… but the inhabitants. Read Drew’s report and recommendations for a healthier waistline. In recent years, Australia has overtaken America to become the most obese country in the world (per capita). ...

Clarifying super rules

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Clarifying super rules

In July 2009, the Government implemented changes to superannuation concession contributions. With hefty tax implications for excessive contributions above the new levels, it’s important to understand how much salary you can sacrifice. From July 2009, the new limits on how much can be contributed to ...

Salary sacrificing to superannuation

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Salary sacrificing to superannuation

As of 1 July 2009, the Government implemented changes to superannuation concessions. If you’re still salary sacrificing into your superannuation fund, you need to make sure this is still the best way to maximise your super. The annual cap on concessional superannuation contributions will be ...

Find your super

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Find your super

With more than $13 billion in unclaimed super looking for a home, Australians are ...

Self Managed Super Funds (SMSF)

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Self Managed Super Funds (SMSF)

Managing your own super is a big responsibility, so it’s important you make sure it’s the best option for you. Starting your own Self Managed Super Fund (SMSF) will require you to make some important decisions about how to run your fund and structure it. If ...

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