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Aged Care Royal Commission: now for the real reform!

24 February 2021

Friday 26 February is when the Aged Care Royal Commission finally ends, more than two years after it started. The Department of Health's responses to Counsel Assisting's recommendations to the two Commissioners seem to indicate disagreement between the Commission and the Government.

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End of the line for Lithgow Aged Care Ltd

24 February 2021

Another nursing home is facing forced closure by the regulator, but the home is not part of a nursing home chain. It's stand-alone. 73 residents have to find something somewhere else.

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Unsupportable burden: NSW property tax

17 February 2021

An annual property tax proposed by the NSW Government would place an unsupportable burden on many households which now struggle to cover the cost of utilities and council rates, writes contributor Frances McMahon.

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A self-funded retiree responds

17 February 2021

ROGER is a self-funded retiree who took exception to last week’s 'Crying poor and being poor: assistance for retirees' item. He wrote a response.

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Crying poor and being poor: assistance for retirees

10 February 2021

Apparently the Reserve Bank is being flooded with mail from retirees who can't see why the Governor doesn't put up the interest rates on their term deposits. Talk is of emergency measures. But what about the retirees who are not self-funded and who do not have anything to invest?

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Super could be super

3 February 2021

In the debate about contributions, what's forgotten is what, and especially how, all these saved contributions are going to fund your retirement. Why don't super funds offer pension plans while people are working and accumulating savings?

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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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