April 10, 2015

Australian pensioners face growing uncertainty about their future thanks to Tony Abbott’s year of chaos and confusion on pensions.

Four weeks out from the budget, pensioners are still facing an $80 a week cut to their pension thanks to Tony Abbott’s plans to slash indexation of the pension.

And Scott Morrison has completely failed to provide any certainty to worried pensioners.

It now appears the Abbott Government is seriously considering pushing ahead with a proposal it rejected in the lead up to the last budget.

This is a clear admission of just how badly this Government messed up the last budget.

It also shows just how chaotic this Government’s budget preparations really are.

In the space of just one month, Scott Morrison has floated five separate ‘thought-bubbles’ on how to cut pensions.

First it was a sunset clause to its cuts to pension indexation after ten years that appeared out of nowhere in the Intergenerational Report.

Then it was a delay to indexation cuts.

Third came the idea of a three year review into pensions, and now we’ve had two different proposals on changes to assets test taper rates in cahoots with the Greens. 

This is no way to make policy, and it is no way to treat pensioners. Pensioners deserve certainty, not chaos.

Whichever way you look at it: this Government has broken the promise it made to pensioners before the last election that there would be no change to pensions.

And if they get their way, pensioners will be pushed into poverty and hardship.

It’s time for Scott Morrison and Tony Abbott to admit they got it wrong, end the dishonesty and chaos, and drop their cuts to pension indexation.


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