AGE PENSION BROKEN PROMISE ‘INEVITABLE’
April 24, 2014
Treasurer Joe Hockey has confirmed that Tony Abbott will break his pre-election promise that there would be no changes to the Age Pension.
Appearing on the ABC’s AM program this morning, the Treasurer said that an increase in the pension age is ‘inevitable’.
This is a complete betrayal of the 2.3 million age pensioners who placed their trust in Tony Abbott on election day, not to mention senior Australians who are on the cusp of retirement.
Tony Abbott’s promise was crystal clear:
“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]
Unless Tony Abbott rules out changes to the pension, it is clear that he cannot be taken at his word.
And in a further example of the government’s twisted priorities, Joe Hockey has also defended the Government’s rolled-gold Paid Parental Leave Scheme, which will see wealthy women paid $75,000 to have a baby.
What Tony Abbott is telling Australian pensioners is that they will have their standard of living cut in order to give millionaire mums a $75,000 bonus. It’s outrageous.
THURSDAY 24 APRIL 2014