Around 60 pensioners in Tuggeranong today joined Jenny Macklin, the Shadow Minister for Social Services and Gai Brodtmann the Member for Canberra at a community forum to discuss the Turnbull Government’s changes to pensions.
Concerns about Malcolm Turnbull’s plan to axe the Energy Supplement were top of the list for many pensioners.
If Mr Turnbull had his way, on 20 September, the Energy Supplement would have been axed to 1.7 million Australians.
Axing the Energy Supplement would hit more than 24,000 people across the ACT.
Axing the Energy Supplement to new pensioners would mean a cut of $14.10 per fortnight to single pensioners or $365 a year.
Couple pensioners would be $21.20 a fortnight worse off or around $550 a year.
The Q&A section of the forum also included a range of questions from the role of carers, pension indexation, age discrimination, the NDIS, Medicare, aged care and concerns about increasing the pension eligibility age to 70.
Axing the Energy Supplement was first proposed in the 2016 Budget, but the Turnbull Government haven’t been able to pass it through the Senate.
It’s time the Turnbull Government listened to the concerns of pensioners, carers, people with a disability and Newstart recipients by scrapping its proposed cut to the Energy Supplement.
It’s yet another unfair cut from an out of touch Turnbull Government. Labor will continue to oppose this every step of the way.
Only Labor stands up for pensioners and vulnerable Australians.