PRIME MINISTER REFUSES TO RULE OUT CUTS TO THE AGE PENSION
February 24, 2014
Prime Minister Tony Abbott today refused to rule out cuts to the Age Pension in Question Time, despite an iron-clad promise on the eve of the election that there would be ‘no change to pensions’ under an Abbott Government.
Prime Minister Abbott was specifically asked:
“Will the Prime Minister rule out any changes to the pension as a result of the Commission of Audit?”
Mr Abbott refused to do so – in fact, the Prime Minister couldn’t even bring himself to use the word pension at all.
This is a broken promise to every Australian pensioner who took the Prime Minster at his word on polling day.
Pensioners across Australia should be outraged.
The Government is refusing to say what changes they are considering, who will be affected and by how much.
This leaves pensioners living in limbo, unsure about how their livelihoods are going to be affected by Tony Abbott’s cuts.
The Government needs to explain to Australia’s pensioners why they are breaking the promise they made to before the election, and outline exactly what changes they are now considering.
Pensioners deserve better than having their pension cut so this Government can pay $75,000 to wealthy women to have a baby through its $5.5 billion Paid Parental Leave Scheme.
MONDAY, 24 FEBRUARY 2014