MALCOLM TURNBULL MUST TAKE ENERGY SUPPLEMENT CUT OUT OF THE BUDGET

November 20, 2017


If Mr Turnbull had his way, the Energy Supplement would have been axed to 1.7 million Australians from 20 September this year.

Kristina Keneally and Jenny Macklin met with concerned pensioners and supporters in Bennelong today to discuss the Turnbull Government’s cuts to pensions.

“The Turnbull Government still want to cut the Energy Supplement to pensioners, carers, people with disability and Australians on Newstart,” Ms Macklin said.

Axing the Energy Supplement to new pensioners means a cut of $14.10 per fortnight to single pensioners or $365 a year.

Couple pensioners would be $21.20 a fortnight worse off or around $550 a year worse off.

Axing the Energy Supplement was first proposed by Mr Turnbull and Mr Morrison in the 2016 Budget, but they still haven’t been able to pass this cut through the Senate.

 “But the cut remains in the Parliament and in the Budget, would impact on people throughout Bennelong, New South Wales and the whole country,” Ms Keneally said.

 This is a $1 billion cut to low income Australians that Mr Turnbull misleadingly claims as a save to the Budget bottom line, when he knows he can’t pass this cut through the Parliament.

 “This is another unfair zombie cut from Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberal Party, and it must be abandoned,” Ms Keneally said.

 “It’s time that Mr Turnbull listened to the concerns of pensioners, carers, people with disability and Newstart recipients and dropped this cut to the Energy Supplement.

 “This is yet another unfair service cut and the people of Bennelong demand that the Energy Supplement be taken out of the Parliament and out of the Budget, for good.”

 

State

Number of people who will lose the Energy Supplement (by 2020)

NSW

538,034

Vic

424,878

QLD

352,950

SA

130,106

WA

160,552

Tas

52,296

NT

28,549

ACT

24,751

National Total:

1,712,116