May 23, 2014

Tony Abbott’s Budget of broken promises will mean concessions could be cut for more than 200,000 South Australian pensioners and almost 20,000 South Australian Commonwealth Seniors Health Card holders.

More than 220,000 South Australians could have concessions cut for vital services such as public transport, electricity and water bills. 

Because of Tony Abbott, the National Partnership Agreement on Certain Concessions for Pensioners and Seniors Card Holders will be axed from 1 July this year. These cuts will start in just 38 days.

This is another hit to the retirement security of South Australian pensioners and self-funded retirees.

This Agreement provides Commonwealth financial support to the South Australian Government to provide pensioners and Seniors Card Holders discounts for essential services such as public transport and help paying their electricity and water bills.

South Australia was scheduled to receive around $30 million under this Agreement in the 2014-15 financial year. Over the next four years, this amounts to a cut of around $120 million to South Australia.  

Either the South Australian Government will now need to foot the bill or pensioners will have their concessions cut.

Just like he lied before the election, Tony Abbott is lying to pensioners after the election. These cuts will hit pensioners from July, not in three years like the Prime Minister says.

This is a further blow for South Australian pensioners who will have their pension cut at the same time as they are being slugged with new taxes for fuel and visits to the GP.

These cuts will hurt around 200,000 South Australian pensioners, including around 150,000 full-rate pensioners who currently have no income other than the $20,000 a year they receive from the Age Pension.

Tony Abbott’s first Budget is an unprecedented attack on the standard of living of South Australian pensioners, and a complete betrayal of the promises he made to them before the election, when he said: 

 “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 has broken this promise and betrayed South Australian pensioners and it will hit them hard.

Tony Abbott cannot be trusted. 

FRIDAY, 23 MAY 2014

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