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Cashless Welfare Card for Cape York Age Pensioners voted through

16 December 2020

The Australian Government's denials that Age Pensioners would not be forced onto the Cashless Welfare/Debit Card have proven to be untrue. Age Pensioners in the Cape York area can now be forced onto the Card and probably will be. This sets an alarming precedent for Age Pensioners throughout Australia.

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Does Centrelink terrorise pensioners?

16 December 2020

The federal Member for Clark, Andrew Wilkie, let rip during Question Time recently, suggesting Robodebt was back, with a focus on age pensioners. Perhaps it's not quite that bad, but Automation of Income Streams reviews are not for the faint-hearted.

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Regional NSW funeral directors thumb their noses at new regulations

9 December 2020

Recently, the NSW regulator introduced new rules about what pricing information funeral directors must publish online and display in their office. The requirement is for extensive pricing information as well as the price of the cheapest funeral package they offer. Funeral directors in Broken Hill, Bathurst, Tamworth, Dubbo and Wagga Wagga are dragging the chain, and those are towns we checked.

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Cashless Welfare Card: Here are the facts

25 November 2020

A spokesperson for the Minister for Social Services has said there is "no plan" to force Age Pensioners onto the cashless debit card and that "any organisation spreading information to the contrary is simply fearmongering". The facts say different, and just so that you are absolutely clear, CPSA is not fearmongering.

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Out and About vouchers, are you going to miss out?

25 November 2020

The NSW Budget promised one hundred dollars' worth of vouchers on your smart phone to spend at hospitality venues, but it seems the Minister for Customer Services has not yet worked out how to give these vouchers to people who haven't got a smart phone.

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Regional Seniors Travel Card: correction

24 November 2020

The NSW 2020-21 Budget papers seemed to suggest that the Government was adding another year to the Regional Seniors Travel Card program. On inquiry, this was confirmed by NSW Treasury, but this confirmation has turned out to be incorrect.

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COVID-19: Smart phone confusion

18 November 2020

The NSW Customer Services Minister put out a media release on QR codes which said that effectively smart phones would be mandatory if you wanted to go for a coffee somewhere. When that was reported, the media release changed!

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Are you living in energy poverty?

18 November 2020

The University of Technology is doing research on how Age Pensioners cope with energy costs and is asking age pensioners to make themselves available for interview.

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IMF: Tax cuts for workers, hikes for pensioners

11 November 2020

Would it be it right for the Australian Government to be fast tracking personal income and corporate tax cuts costing $50 billion while increasing GST and introducing land tax for all? Yes, says the International Monetary Fund.

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Can you insure yourself against death?

11 November 2020

Insurance is for unlikely or rare mishaps, and insurance companies make money because most people who insure themselves will never claim. But everyone will need a funeral eventually, so how can funeral insurance be big business in Australia?

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