Standing Up For Pensioners

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A Shorten Labor Government will protect the pension.

The Liberals have spent the last six years trying to cut the pension. This includes:

  • For five years running, the Liberals tried to raise the pension age to 70.  
  • In 2014 the Liberals tried to cut pension indexation – a cut that would have forced pensioners live on $80 a week less within ten years.  
  • The Liberals slashed $1 billion from pensioner concessions – support designed to help pensioners with the cost of living.  
  • In 2015, the Liberals did a deal with the Greens to cut the pension to 370,000 pensioners by changing the pension assets test.  
  • For two years, the Liberals planned to scrap the Energy Supplement, cutting payments for 1.5 million pensioners.  
  • The Liberals have also cut and outsourced over 2,500 jobs from Centrelink, meaning people are waiting longer when they need help.  

Labor fought every one of these pension cuts tooth and nail.

Cutting the pension is in the Liberals’ DNA. Scott Morrison’s latest budget also locks in more cuts to the pension, including:

  • Cutting the pension supplement to around 80,000 pensioners a year as part of a plan to try and limit overseas travel for pensioners to six weeks. If the Liberals get their way, it will be harder for many pensioners to visit family and loved ones overseas.  
  • Increasing the pension residency requirement from 10 to 15 years, hurting hard-working migrant pensioners.

In every single Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison budget, the Liberals have tried to cut the pension.

Labor is opposed to these cuts. And Labor’s Pensioner Guarantee means Australian government pensioners and allowance recipients will be protected from the abolition of cash refunds for excess dividend imputation credits.

Pensioners will be better off with Labor

A Shorten Labor Government will invest $2.4 billion in a Pensioner Dental Plan - giving up to three million older Australians access to free dental care and taking the next step towards Labor's vision for universal access to dental care in Australia.

This election is a choice between Labor’s plan to protect the pension versus bigger tax loopholes for the top end of town under the Liberals. 
After six years of Liberal cuts and chaos, our united Labor team is ready. 

A Shorten Labor Government will protect the pension.