Tony Abbott has betrayed the 23,300 pensioners in Hunter and broken the solemn promise he made before the election.
Pensioners in Hunter now know that this Prime Minister cannot be trusted.
Before the election, Tony Abbott promised pensioners in Hunter:
“No cuts to education, no cuts to health, no change to pensions, no change to the GST and no cuts to the ABC or SBS.” TONY ABBOTT –INTERVIEW – 6 SEPTEMBER 2013
But this budget includes changes to the Age Pension. It includes cuts to the age pension.
This budget is a budget of broken promises and cruel cuts for the pensioners of Hunter.
Labor will oppose Tony Abbott’s decision to increase the pension age to 70.
Increasing the pension age to 70 will unfairly hurt blue collar workers, low income workers and women.
Labor’s increase of the pension age to 67 by 2023 was supported by a comprehensive review into Australia’s pension system and a significant improvement to the base rate for the pension and improvements to indexation.
Tony Abbott has provided no evidence to support an increase in the Age Pension age to 70. Age discrimination in the workplace is a serious problem and many older Australians already find it hard to get a job.
Increasing the Age Pension age to 70 will mean Australia has the highest pension age across the OECD.
Labor will also oppose Tony Abbott’s plans to cut the pension with lower indexation arrangements for the Age Pension, Disability Support Pension, Carers Payment, Veterans’ Pensions, Wife and Widow Pension and Parenting Payment Single.
We will oppose this unprecedented attack on the standard of living of the 23,300 pensioners in Hunter. Tony Abbott has broken this promise. Tony Abbott has betrayed the pensioners of Hunter.