May 15, 2015

In his Budget speech on Tuesday night, Joe Hockey said:

“anyone who currently has a Pensioner Concession Card will continue to receive a concession card that provides the same benefits, such as subsidised utilities”.

Yet Joe Hockey has not provided a cent of extra money for the expansion of these concessions.

In fact, he has stuck by his $1.3 billion cut to pension concessions contained in last year’s Budget.

Reports today also suggest that Joe Hockey failed to consult the states before the announcement, despite it being the states that provide these concessions.

Analysis today by the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) suggests that pensioners could lose $1,500 in concessions, including discounts on car registration, council rates, gas and electricity.

Concessions received by Commonwealth Seniors Health Card holders are less than those received under the Pension Concession Card.

Commonwealth Seniors Health Card Holders do not get concessions on utilities bills, for example.

Once again, pensioners are being deceived by the Abbott Government.

FRIDAY, 15 MAY 2015

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