Budget reply fails 185,000 Clayton’s Age Pensioners

News article published 5 April 2019

Budget reply fails 185,000 Clayton’s Age Pensioners

“While there were many good things in the Opposition’s Budget reply speech, it failed to say anything meaningful about Newstart, the Clayton’s Age Pension, which is the 60% pension you get when you don’t get a pension”, said Paul Versteege, Policy Manager for the Combined Pensioners and Superannuants Association.

“There are 185,000 people over 55 trying to survive on Newstart. Most will never work again and will be living in poverty until pension age, when a slightly better kind of poverty kicks in.

“The Budget reply speech also failed to say anything meaningful about the aged care waiting list and homelessness.

“The Budget reply speech failed to even mention public dental health. Make no mistake, protecting teeth is just as important as fighting cancer.”

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