MORRISON’S PENSION CHAOS

Minister for Social Services, Scott Morrison has confirmed in today’s Australian that the Abbott Government’s pension policy is mired in complete chaos and confusion.

 

Asked whether the Government would take its cuts to pension indexation to the next election, Scott Morrison replied:

 

“How that survives and in what form it looks like and what we’re saying as a government is we’re open to discussion, we’re open to change.

 

SCOTT MORRISON – THE AUSTRALIAN – 31 MARCH 2015

 

This directly contradicts what the Prime Minister said on the 9th of March, when he stated:

 

“There are no plans to make any changes to the age pension other than those that were announced in the Budget last year.”

 

TONY ABBOTT – DOORSTOP – 9 MARCH 2015

 

The Abbott Government wants to cut pension indexation by linking it to CPI only.

 

Yet when the Government’s Intergenerational Report (IGR) was released earlier this year it modelled a change in the indexation of the pension from CPI only to an indexation arrangement that included Average Weekly Earnings in 2028/29.

 

Last week in Parliament Scott Morrison said that the modelling shown in the IGR is in fact the Abbott Government’s policy. Mr Morrison stated:

 

“It is our policy… because it is an official Government document, so it is our policy.”

 

SCOTT MORRISON – HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES – 24 MARCH 2015

 

Who is right?

 

Tony Abbott or Scott Morrison? Or both?

 

The Government’s pension policy is in total chaos.

 

If this Liberal Government had any sense of fairness it would immediately drop its planned cuts to the indexation of the pension.

 

TUESDAY 31 MARCH 2015

 

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