December 04, 2014

Tony Abbott has delivered a horror Christmas message to Australian pensioners by pressing ahead with legislation to cut the pension on the last sitting day of parliament.

2014 will end with Tony Abbott trying to legislate another of his broken promises.

Before the election, Tony Abbott said there would be no changes to pensions.

He lied.

Lies and broken promises have become the hallmark of this Government in 2014.

Labor will stand up for pensioners and vote against Tony Abbott’s cruel cuts. 

This legislation will see the indexation of the pension cut and the qualifying age for the Age Pension increased to 70.  

The last thing Australian pensioners need this Christmas is for Tony Abbott to legislate cuts to the indexation of the Age Pension.

According to the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) pensioners will be around $80 a week worse off within ten years as a result of the Abbott Government’s changes to pension indexation.

These cruel cuts will hit Age Pensioners and those receiving the Disability Support Pension, Carer Payment, Veterans’ pensions and a number of other pension style payments.

Tony Abbott continues to lie about these cuts, but his own Budget papers clearly show a $450 million cut to pensions in the next four years alone.

This amounts to a $23 billion cut to the cost of the Age Pension by 2023, according to the Parliamentary Budget Office.

The best thing Tony Abbott can do for Australian pensioners this Christmas is drop his cruel cuts to the pension.


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