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Pensioners: Council Rate Rule Change Will Increase Bill Pressure

Published 15 November 2023

MEDIA RELEASE: CPSA is concerned about how upcoming changes to the system that caps council rate increases will impact people on a low income.

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Pensioners left behind in 2023-24 NSW Budget as Regional Seniors Travel Card axed

Published 19 September 2023

CPSA welcomes news of increases in cost-of-living supports in 2023-34 NSW Budget, calls for continuation of NSW Regional Seniors Travel Card.

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Pensioners show solidarity: increase JobSeeker for all regardless of age

Published 3 May 2023

The Jobseeker payment is so low that any argument not to increase it substantially across the board is just cynical politics.

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Make NSW Regional Seniors Travel Card permanent, say pensioners to Govt , Opposition

Published 3 March 2023

CPSA calls on the NSW Government and the NSW Opposition to commit to making the NSW Regional Seniors Travel Card permanent.

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Pensioners welcome a solid interim Budget

Published 25 October 2022

A Budget that has little in the way of one-off, special measures that benefit pensioners specifically, but a solid lead-up to the May 2023 Budget with many measures announced previously now funded and lined up for implementation.

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Social housing going backwards in NSW

Published 8 September 2021

In NSW spending on social housing is down, social housing as a proportion of total housing is down but the waiting list for social housing is also down, how is that possible? Some moves by the NSW Government play a large part.

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Budget 2021: New aged care funding disappoints, but a few green shoots

Published 12 May 2021

CPSA's response to the 2021 Budget.

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Stopping aged care neglect can’t wait until the May Budget

Published 1 March 2021

The Government's initial response to the Royal Commission's final report shows the Government isn't taking problems in aged care seriously.

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$3.57 daily Jobseeker raise slap in face of unemployed, young and old

Published 23 February 2021

After years of campaigning and despite everyone agreeing a meaningful increase to Newstart, now called Jobseeker, was needed urgently, the Australian Government has come up with a miserly increase of $50 a fortnight.

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Pensioners respond to the 2020-21 NSW Budget

Published 17 November 2020

The NSW COVID-19 Budget brings a lot less social housing to the state than needed, but there are some good things as well.

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Release Royal Commission’s COVID-19 aged care report immediately

Published 1 October 2020

Delays and inaction by the Australian Government have got aged care to where it is today: in crisis. The Australian Government should break with this tradition of prevarication and immediately release the Aged Care Royal Commission’s report on COVID-19 in aged care. [more]

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Permanent Supplement for the poorest pensioners

Published 19 August 2020

“CPSA urges the Australian Government to provide an additional permanent Pension Hardship Supplement for the poorest pensioners, singles without assets and without private income. The living standard of single pensioners with the pension as their sole source of income hovers just above the poverty line. [more]

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Newmarch House crisis must end: transfer COVID-19 positive residents to hospital

Published 7 May 2020

The only sure way of stopping new infections at Newmarch House is by transferring COVID-19 positive residents to hospital and by giving the home a deep-clean so that residents not infected can safely stay at a place that had a good reputation locally before the virus got in. [more]

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Hibernating aged care watchdog needs to wake up: pensioners

Published 16 April 2020

The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission has suspended its regular compliance monitoring of nursing homes, replacing it with a ‘risk-based approach’, which appears to depend heavily on telephone contact and contact via Skype and Zoom with nursing homes. [more]

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Stimulus should benefit 185,000 seniors on Newstart and anyone else on Newstart

Published 6 March 2020

“Now is the time to give the poorest of the poor a meaningful rise in their Newstart Allowance, which tracks 40% below the pension for singles and 27% for couples”, said CPSA Policy Manager Paul Versteege.

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Pensioners want Government action on mandatory nursing home staffing levels now

Published 27 February 2020

Pensioners call on the Australian Government to act immediately to fix the crisis in nursing home staffing following the recommendations of Counsel Assisting the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

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Government missing in aged care action for 20 years: Royal Commission fails to tell us ‘how come?’

Published 31 October 2019

The Aged Care Royal Commission’s Interim Report published today is very clear about the fact that successive Governments have done nothing to fix the very serious and grave problems afflicting aged care for well over twenty years, but the Interim Report fails to identify the reasons for Government inaction. [more]

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NSW Deputy Premier calls on Federal Government to reconsider position on Newstart

Published 24 October 2019

Minister John Barilaro has suggested the Federal Government reconsider their position on Newstart today at NCOSS’s 'Putting Regional Needs on the Map' event and he has CPSA's support.

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Rogue Bupa Eden nursing home in 11th hour escape

Published 19 August 2019

Who needs action movies, when Australian residential aged care offers cliff hangers like this: Bupa is reaccredited hours before it was to lose its accreditation!

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Bupa Eden nursing home goes rogue

Published 16 August 2019

The official accreditation of the Bupa Eden nursing home expires on 16 August 2019, with Bupa Eden set to continue operations without regulatory oversight.

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