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The great Narromine toilet roll heist

25 May 2020

In a letter to CPSA, CPSA member Bob Meadly provides an insight in how COVID-19 is lived in rural NSW and also opines that free-to-air TV these days is so bad it probably gives you dementia.

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Hip, hip, hurray for the PBLCI!

25 May 2020

The Pensioner Beneficiary Living Cost Index (PBLCI), used in pension indexation, has proven its worth in the March 2020 quarter once again, but pensioners haven't always be so lucky.

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The COVID-19 luck of Aussie nursing homes

25 May 2020

There is plenty of evidence that shows Australian nursing homes escaped COVID-19 disaster not through planning and skill but simply because COVID-19 never took off in Australia generally.

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Stamp duty out, land tax in: downsizing easier?

25 May 2020

Stamp duty adds thousands of dollars to the cost of buying a house or apartment. Would replacing it with an annual land tax, where you pay the same but over time, make it easier to sell and buy elsewhere? Would it be helpful in downsizing? Victoria has it, the ACT is getting it, NSW is thinking about it.

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Aged care watchdog asleep in its kennel

28 April 2020

CPSA is calling for the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission (ACQSC) to resume inspections of nursing homes at a time of extreme risk to the health and wellbeing of nursing home residents.

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Government MP denies Cashless Welfare Card risk to pensioners

28 April 2020

IN response to an earlier story on the Cashless Welfare Card, George Christensen MP sent CPSA the following email: "There is no intent by the Government to have welfare management for Age Pensioners. This has been repeatedly made clear. Please stop scaring your members unnecessarily. Your headline is really, really false and alarmist, and you should recall this email. Very disappointed." But Mr Christensen is mistaken, it seems.

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Reverse mortgages no longer for spending the kids’ inheritance

28 April 2020

THE Banking Royal Commission continues to do good. From 1 July 2020, reverse mortgages will have to be marketed responsibly and ethically. Whether the best-interest test will weed out any remaining spivs is debatable, but the regulation of home equity release will certainly improve.

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Taking super out early, a good idea?

28 April 2020

THE demands and pressures of the here and now may seem, and perhaps are more pressing than those of a distant future, but leaving your super alone if you can is the best strategy.

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Cashless Welfare Card for everyone, no ifs, no buts

24 March 2020

Australia seems to be headed towards an authoritarian form of social security with the Government telling people on a payment what they can buy and where they can buy it. A bit of cash pocket money is all they'll get. And the Minister for Social Services stubbornly refuses to rule out that Age Pensioners will maintain their current exemption.

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