May 14, 2014

Tony Abbott has savagely cut support for people with disability, in an appalling attack on some of Australia’s most vulnerable people.

This is a cruel broken promise from a Prime Minister who promised repeatedly before the election that there would be no changes to pensions.

“No cuts to education, no cuts to health, no change to pensions, no change to the GST and no cuts to the ABC or SBS.”

Tony Abbott – SBS Interview – 6 September 2013

This Budget has savagely cut the indexation arrangements for the Disability Support Pension from September 2017, which will leave more than 800,000 people who have a permanent disability substantially worse off.

People who rely on the Disability Support Pension currently receive less than $20,000 a year in pension payments. Tony Abbott is now telling them they have to live on less.

These changes will leave many people with disability struggling to meet the costs of their care, and many more in a state of poverty and social isolation.

If Tony Abbott’s new indexation system had been in place for the last four years, a single Disability Support Pensioner on the maximum rate of pension would today be $1,560 worse off every year. And this gap would continue to increase every 6 months.

Tony Abbott has no mandate to make these changes. He promised no changes to the pension – but this Budget includes huge cuts to pensions. Pensioners will never trust him again.


People on the Disability Support Pension have permanent disabilities. They face barriers and cost of living pressures that Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey clearly don’t understand. The Abbott Government should be ashamed of how cruelly they are treating some of the most vulnerable people in our society.

This is a Budget of broken promises and cruel cuts for people with disability.


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