December 01, 2015

Australian pensioners know they can’t trust a word that Scott Morrison says about helping them. 

Scott Morrison’s latest thought bubble about encouraging pensioners to downsize their home completely ignores the fact that the Liberals cut a Labor program designed to do exactly the same thing.

Labor introduced the Housing Help for Seniors measure in the 2013 Budget. This measure was designed to help pensioners downsize their homes without it affecting the rate of their pension.

The Liberals took the knife to this almost immediately after the last election.

Mr Morrison now says he wants to encourage retirees to downsize their homes despite dumping Labor’s sensible proposal.

Labor believes that if older Australians want to downsize, they should be encouraged and supported to do so.

Labor will look closely at any sensible proposal put forward by the Government.

But Labor does not support including the family home in the pension assets test.

However sooner or later Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison will need to stop the endless talk and actually make a decision on retirement incomes policy.

This Liberal Government’s woeful track record on support for pensioners would not give senior Australians any certainty or confidence.

First they tried to cut pension indexation, a cut that would have meant pensioners would be forced to live of $80 a week less within ten years.

Then Scott Morrison did a deal with the Greens to cut the pension for around 330,000 part-pensioners by changing the assets test.

The Liberals also want to increase the pension eligibility age to 70 – meaning Australia would have the oldest retirement age in the developed world.

And now Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison want to whack Australian pensioners with a 15 per cent GST, hitting households by up to $4,000 a year and reducing the living standards of Australian pensioners.

It’s clear that Scott Morrison is all spin and no substance when it comes to helping pensioners.

And Australian pensioners know they can’t trust anything Mr Morrison says.


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