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Internet Supplement to Compensate Pensioners

31 July 2018

"Services like Centrelink and Medicare have achieved huge operational cost savings by moving their customer interface online. However, access to the online customer interface comes at a cost to pensioners and other low income households", said CPSA Policy Coordinator Paul Versteege.

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Pensioners Demand Electricity Price Overhaul

11 July 2018

"CPSA welcomes the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's report that describes the current situation of high electricity prices and bills as unacceptable and unsustainable", said policy officer, Bronagh Power.

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Pensioners Respond to the NSW Budget 2018-2019

20 June 2018

"The NSW 2018-2019 budget hasn't committed enough funding to significantly improve access to housing, dental health services, palliative care and accessible transport in NSW", said CPSA Policy Officer Bronagh Power.

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Budget 2018: A Fizzer for Older Australians

8 May 2018

"All in all, for older Australians, Budget 2018 does not live up to the hype that preceded its release. Measures related to aged care, the Pension Loans Scheme and Work Bonus are minor", said CPSA Policy Coordinator Paul Versteege.

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Participate in the CPSA Bereavement Survey

2 May 2018

CPSA has been asked by the NSW Government to provide a report on the impact of the death of a close person such as a spouse or parent on the social lives, health and personal finances of older people, and recommend changes to Government policy.

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New Quality and Safety Commission: Cosmetic Make-Over

18 April 2018

"The new Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission announced today will not change what happens in nursing homes and will not change the quality of care provided, because aged care standards are left untouched", said CPSA Policy Coordinator Paul Versteege.

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Nursing Home Accreditation Broken: Pensioners

15 February 2018

"CPSA welcomes the interim report regarding Effectiveness of the Aged Care Quality Assessment and accreditation framework by the Senate Committee on Community Affairs. As the report demonstrates, incidents like Oakden can occur for years right under the nose of regulators. Accreditation does not evaluate the actual care and support residents receive, rather the process focuses heavily on paperwork and ticking boxes", said CPSA Policy Officer, Eliza Littleton.

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Pensioners welcome NSW Government’s Energy Bill Relief Package, but Percentage-Based Rebate Still Needed

4 September 2017

"CPSA welcomes the NSW Government's energy bill relief package, which will provide much needed emergency support for vulnerable households. With NSW energy bills set to reach record highs over the next year, the increase of the Low Income Household Rebate from $235 to $285 couldn't come soon enough. But CPSA is concerned that the NSW Government have not opted to introduce a percentage-based rebate, which is the only way to safeguard vulnerable households against skyrocketing bills." said Ellis Blaikie, CPSA Policy Coordinator.

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