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Providers flood new National Aged Care Advisory Council

1 December 2021

Aged care providers are once again swamping consultations, workshops and now the new National Aged Care Advisory Council, recommended by the Aged Care Royal Commission, with their representatives as if they hadn't been caught out big time by the Royal Commission and might want to pipe down a little for a while. (pve)

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Is pension indexation based on wages still alive?

24 November 2021

The pension gets indexed every six months, that much is certain. But how is less certain. There are three ways it can be done, two ways based on inflation and one on wages. The indexation mechanism using wages hasn't been used for over a decade. How come? (pve)

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Cashless Welfare Minister responds to CPSA

17 November 2021

CPSA has persistently requested the federal Social Services Minister to clarify how she could claim the Cashless Welfare Card would not be rolled out to Age Pensioners while Age Pensioners were already on the Card. Finally, the Minister has responded. (pve)

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Have you been stapled to your super fund?

10 November 2021

It sounds painful, but it's a case of no-pain-no-gain. Being stapled to a super fund if super bores you or scares you is a good thing, but it's wise to check if you're getting stapled to a decent fund. (pve)

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Will Govt support Bill to end Cashless Welfare Card?

3 November 2021

No prizes for guessing the right answer. What does the Government want to do with the Cashless Welfare Card when it's obvious they will lose the support of so many Age Pensioners who fear it? Promising Age Pensioners they will never be on it seems no longer enough.

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We need Common Sense Directed Care!

3 November 2021

Consumer Directed Care is based on a beautiful theory but comes at the cost of long waiting lists and provider snouts in the admin fee trough. Applying common sense would be really refreshing. (pve)

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Will term deposit rates going up be good for you?

27 October 2021

The inflation rate over twelve months to 30 September 2021 is 3 per cent. That's down from the previous quarter but the fact remains: inflation is up and if it stays up term deposit rates will go up as well. But will inflation stay up and will term deposit rates actually outstrip inflation if inflation does stay up? Questions economists can't answer. (pve)

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Could you be in a cheaper super fund?

27 October 2021

Superannuation funds have been getting away with skimming the take from compulsory employer contributions for decades, but pressure is finally being applied to start protecting consumers/workers a little bit. Fees are on the way down! (pve)

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