Reports in today’s Herald Sun reveal that thousands of pensioners will lose important concessions, including discounts on council rates because of the Turnbull Government’s changes to the pension assets test.
Not only will these pensioners lose their pension but they will also lose important concessions as well.
This is a double blow for pensioners.
The Liberals promised in the 2015 Budget that people losing their pension as a result of the assets test changes would still receive the same concessions. Then Treasurer Joe Hockey promised:
“Anyone who currently has a Pensioner Concession Card will continue to receive a concession card that provides the same benefits.”
JOE HOCKEY, 2015 BUDGET SPEECH, 12TH MAY 2015
Turns out the Liberals were lying all along.
The Minister for Human Services, Alan Tudge recently let the cat out of the bag on ABC radio.
Presenter: Do they lose their pensioner concession card because that gets them discounts on things like rego and council rates, utility bills as well?
Alan Tudge: That’s up to each local council and each state and territory government as to how they’re going to deal with that. I mean we deal with what the federal policy is…
Presenter: But you can’t give them any guarantee that on the other stuff.
Alan Tudge: Well it’s up to each state and territory government what their policy decisions are.
ALAN TUDGE, RN BREAKFAST, 15 DECEMBER 2016
Pensioners now know they can’t trust a word the Turnbull Government says.
The Liberal Party is the Party of pension cuts.
WEDNESDAY, 21 DECEMBER 2016