$1.3 BILLION CUT TO PENSION CONCESSIONS TO HIT FROM TODAY
June 30, 2014
Tony Abbott’s cut to the National Partnership on Certain Concessions for Pensioner Concession Card and Seniors Card Holders will hit today, with the states now having to make up 100 per cent of the bill, or pensioners will lose their concessions.
Before the election, Tony Abbott said there would be no cuts to pensions.
But from today, Tony Abbott is cutting $1.3 billion worth of support for concessions like electricity, rates and car registration.
This is a significant cut to Commonwealth support for pensioners.
Pensioners in WA already know that the Barnett Government will not make up the difference. This is a major hit for more than 300,000 pensioners in Western Australia, who face higher costs as a result of Tony Abbott’s cuts.
Pensioners in NSW, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria have been given a temporary reprieve, with the state governments agreeing to cover the cost of their concessions until next year.
After that, the future of pensioner concessions in those states remains in doubt.
Tasmanians will find out in the August budget whether their concessions will be maintained.
Tony Abbott’s budget is a horror budget for older Australians.
Not only has he ripped $1.3 billion worth of support away from pensioner concessions, he has also slashed the indexation for the pension and abolished the seniors supplement.
These cuts are a savage attack on the security of older Australians.
Labor will continue to fight for older Australians, in opposition just as we did in government.
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