May 31, 2017

The Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter has been caught out lying once again. 

This morning on ABC TV, Mr Porter defended the Turnbull Government’s plan to axe the Energy Supplement by stating:

“Everyone in the system, they don’t lose a cent, not a dollar.”

Christian Porter, ABC News, 31 May 2017

This is a blatant lie.

Labor Senator, Murray Watt asked in Senate Estimates today: 

MURRAY WATT: Regarding the abolition of the Energy Supplement… how many pensioners have qualified for the pension since the 20th September last year, will lose the energy supplement after September this year?

DEPARTMENTAL OFFICIAL: It’s about 650,000… that’s all payments.

650,000 existing age pensioners, people with disability, carers and Newstart recipients will lose the Energy Supplement in September this year if Malcolm Turnbull gets his way.

The Minister for Social Services is deliberately misleading Australians - he knows thousands of pensioners and vulnerable Australians will lose the Energy Supplement.

This is a $1 billion cut to pensioners, people with disability, carers and people on Newstart – and no amount lies from Christian Porter can hide that fact.

Labor will oppose this unfair cut.

Labor will continue to stand up for pensioners and vulnerable Australians.


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