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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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How aged care needs to change: It will be written

28 October 2020

Counsel Assisting the Aged Care Royal Commission have made their final submissions, making a raft of recommendations that would bring aged care in Australia up to scratch if implemented. Full implementation rather than watered-down implementation will be the next battle-ground for aged care advocates.

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Cashless Welfare Card: you too could be on it soon

28 October 2020

Despite protestations that Age Pensioners will not be put on income management compulsorily, draft legislation before Parliament does exactly that. Age Pensioners in what is currently the Cape York trial area could soon find they have no option.

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Government sticks with useless medical costs finder website

21 October 2020

The Australian Government's Medical Costs Finder website is so conspicuously inadequate as a consumer information tool, you're left wondering if it's intentional. It is certain, though, that throwing another $17 million at it will not make it fit for purpose.

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Tax break to prevent elder abuse: granny flats

21 October 2020

Granny flat arrangements can go horribly wrong and when they do, older people can be literally left homeless. A new Capital Gains Tax exemption encourages formal granny flat agreements, which can do much to protect older people and people with disabilities living in granny flats

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Are you eating right?

21 October 2020

Malnutrition is slow killer of older people inside and outside nursing homes. It's a good idea to make sure your diet keeps you as healthy and fit as possible.

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