TURNBULL MUST TAKE ENERGY SUPPLEMENT CUT OUT OF THE BUDGET

September 20, 2017


Today is the day that the Turnbull Government wanted to cut the Energy Supplement to pensioners, carers, people with disability and Australians on Newstart. 

Around 300 pensioners in Logan today joined Jenny Macklin and Jim Chalmers to discuss the Turnbull Government’s cuts to pensions.  

If Mr Turnbull had had his way, from today, 20 September, the Energy Supplement would have been axed to 1.7 million Australians.

Axing the Energy Supplement to new pensioners would have meant a cut of $14.10 per fortnight to single pensioners or $365 a year.

Couple pensioners would have been $21.20 a fortnight worse off or around $550 a year worse off.

Axing the Energy Supplement was first proposed by Mr Turnbull and Mr Morrison in the 2016 Budget, but they still haven’t been able to pass this cut through the Senate.

But the cut remains in the Parliament and in the Budget.

This is a $1 billion cut to low income Australians that Mr Turnbull misleadingly claims as a save to the Budget bottom line, when he knows he can’t pass this cut through the Parliament.

This is another unfair zombie cut from the Coalition that must be abandoned.

It’s time that Mr Turnbull listened to the concerns of pensioners, carers, people with disability and Newstart recipients and dropped this cut to the Energy Supplement.

It’s time to take this cut to the Energy Supplement out of the Parliament and out of the Budget, for good.

WEDNESDAY, 20 SEPTEMBER 2017