The Greens appear set to do a deal with Scott Morrison and the Abbott Government to cut the Age Pension, the Disability Support Pension and the Carer Payment according to reports in today’s Australian.
This is an extraordinary betrayal by the Greens of the millions of Australians who rely on the pension.
It shows their utter hypocrisy that they would get into bed with a government that wants to cut the pension by $80 a week.
Instead of teaming up with the Abbott Government to do a deal on pension cuts, the Greens should be insisting that Scott Morrison drop his cuts to indexation of the pension.
These cuts will leave pensioners as much as $80 a week worse off within a decade. They would push pensioners into poverty and hardship.
The Greens’ pension policy is as chaotic as the Government’s.
Despite calling for a review into the pension – the Greens now appear willing to do a deal with Scott Morrison first. Why would you have a review after agreeing to cut the pension?
The only priority for Australian pensioners is ensuring that Scott Morrison drops his cuts to the indexation of the pension.
Unlike the Greens, Labor will continue to campaign to ensure these cuts are dropped forever. They must be taken out of the Parliament and out of the Budget.
THURSDAY, 9 APRIL 2015