Pensioners – one hand gives, the other takes away

Chifley Federal MP Ed Husic has welcomed news that more than 550 local seniors are receiving a boost to their household budgets but is worried these additional payments may be eroded by the Liberal State Government.

With the first quarterly Clean Energy Supplement for seniors now arriving in bank accounts, Mr Husic has raised the issue in Parliament this week.

“I’m proud of what Labor has done for seniors in our community, and would compare that with the record of the Liberal State Government and the Liberal-controlled Blacktown Council,” Mr Husic said.

“Pensioners in Chifley have been affected by the hard-hearted decisions of these two levels of government, decisions made with scant, almost dismissive, regard as to the impact that they will have.

“Such as Mr O’Farrell’s decision to snatch some of the Clean Energy Supplement from
NSW Housing tenants, and Blacktown Council’s decision to axe the Pension Rate Rebate.

“While we often see on show the hand-wringing of Liberals about cost of living pressures, we rarely see that their actions or decisions match their pretend concerns.

“In contrast, we have delivered the single biggest increase to the pension, made the indexation system fairer, and made it easier for pensioners to work while keeping more of their pension.

“We made sure pensioners and self-funded retirees were supported through the Global Financial Crisis, and now we’re delivering another boost to help make ends meet.

“Only Labor can deliver for seniors in Chifley.”

Payments to eligible self-funded retirees for this quarter include:

• a Clean Energy Supplement of about $88 for singles and about $134 for couples combined; and

• the regular Seniors Supplement of about $215 for singles and about $324 for couples combined.

This means that for the June quarter eligible seniors will receive a payment of more than $300 for singles and more than $450 for couples to help with household bills.

Local pensioners have already begun receiving their fortnightly Clean Energy Supplement, worth more than $350 a year for singles and more than $530 a year for couples.

Pensioners who choose to receive their Pension Supplement and Clean Energy Supplement payments quarterly will also receive their supplements over the next fortnight.

A copy of Mr Husic’s speech to Parliament can be found here.