MORRISON MUST EXPLAIN WHY PENSIONERS DESERVE CUT

Incoming Minister for Social Services, Scott Morrison must immediately explain why Australia’s pensioners deserve a cut to the indexation of their pension.

How does cutting the pension by $80 a week help pensioners with the cost of living?

Australian pensioners deserve the dignity of a decent retirement. They don’t deserve to be treated like a burden by the Abbott Government.

Just last week the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) attacked the Abbott Government’s plan to cut the indexation of the Age Pension, stating:

This reform will mean the pension’s value will drift down in relation to average incomes, and at some point may cross socially acceptable limits of adequacy.

OECD, ECONOMICS SURVEY 2014

Cutting the Age Pension on the grounds that Australia's welfare spending is out of control is a complete fallacy.

According to the Allianz Pension Sustainability Index, Australia has one of the most sustainable pensions in the world.

Kevin Andrews left the social services portfolio in a mess.

But that’s no excuse for Scott Morrison to continue the cruel plan to snatch money from the pockets of pensioners.

TUESDAY 23 DECEMBER 2014

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