FOUR YEARS SINCE “NO CHANGE TO PENSIONS” PROMISE

September 06, 2017


Today marks four years since Tony Abbott’s infamous election eve promise: 

“No change to pensions…”

-       TONY ABBOTT, SBS, 6 SEPTEMBER 2013

After the election the Liberals have tried to cut the pension in every single year over the last four years. 

In the 2014 Budget they tried to cut pension indexation by $23 billion – a cut that would have left pensioners around $80 a week worse off over ten years. 

In the 2014 Budget the Liberals tried to reset deeming rates thresholds - a cut that would have hit 530,000 part-pensioners.

In the 2014 Budget the Liberals cut $1 billion from pensioner concessions – designed to help pensioners with the cost of essential services like electricity and gas.

In 2015 the Liberals did a deal with the Greens to cut the pension to around 330,000 pensioners by changing the pension assets test.

In 2015 the Liberals tried to cut the pension of 190,000 Australian pensioners by limiting the amount of time pensioners can travel overseas.

The Liberals still want to increase the pension age to 70 – meaning Australia would have the oldest pension age in the developed world.

The Liberals still want to axe the Energy Supplement to new pensioners later this month – a cut of $14.10 per fortnight to single pensioners or $365 a year.

They want to completely take away the pension supplement from pensioners who go overseas for more than six weeks.

They want to make pensioners born overseas wait longer to get the Age Pension by increasing the residency requirements from 10 to 15 years.

They lied to pensioners before the 2013 election.

They’ve lied to pensioners every year for the last four years.

Pensioners know they can’t trust Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberals.

Malcolm Turnbull, the Liberals and Nationals have failed Australian pensioners.

After four years of unfair cuts from this Coalition Government pensioners have had enough.

Pensioners can’t afford another year of the Abbott-Turnbull Government’s broken promises and unfair cuts.

WEDNESDAY, 6 SEPTEMBER 2017

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