Lift the australian age pension above the poverty line

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Stephan Thuringer
2 hours ago
My parents separated when I was very young, any my father and I went to live with his parents. So my grandparents played a very big part in my upbringing.

They were migrant cleaners and factory-workers etc. - so it's not as if they ever had particularly high incomes to start with; and my grandmother took an early retirement to look after me. They survived in Europe through the Second World War, emigrated to Australia in the early 1950s, and after saving for, and finally purchasing their first block of land - they lived in a tent, while building a modest house - then my biological grandfather died... Point being - they were always very 'careful' with money. I was aware of how tight finances were (I have always been living on Centrelink benefits [that's another story] - so couldn't really help out; something I still feel guilty for - long after they have died]. They had to make do, or live with things that were wearing out or damaged - or live without them. And life included very few luxuries. Once incidence I remember, was going to the Botanic Gardens with my grandmother, when I was still school-age. She asked whether I would like lunch from the kiosk or the restaurant. Tempted by a restaurant dessert, I chose the latter - and almost immediately felt guilty - knowing how much more that would cost.

Surely it's not asking too much to ask for people who have to survive on the pension to live with a little dignity - and for many not have to make decisions like: do I pay for medications, OR eat, OR turn the heating on?
Considering the amount governments spend on sport (bidding for the Olympics or Commonwealth Games for example) and other non-essentials, looking after older Australians, who have worked their whole lives to keep the economy grinding along, seems like the barest minimum.

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jennifer abbott
1 day ago
a social crime not to

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Diane McLauchlan
1 day ago
No one should be suffering deprivation in such a rich country as Australia.

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L. RAY
1 day ago
Ease set up an independent tribunal to make the payment fairer

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Luisa Marianni
1 day ago
Luisa Marianni

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Leeanne Creese
2 days ago
I’m signing because I believe that the aged pension needs to be lifted to allow our elderly to live a dignified life in their twilight years. After all these people have worked, brought up families without the benefit of the superannuation we have today. Why should they be penalised for what was not provided for by the government in their day.

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David Budd
2 days ago
we get no pention and make less than 20 g a yr

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geoff bunker
3 days ago
I heard one Australian individual made 21 Billion dollars profit this year, no doubt helped by the elimination of Labor's mining super-profits tax, and numerous other wealthy people cashed in on the loosely monitored Covid payments to businesses, claiming the tax payer's money while expecting a downturn only to have bumper years and pay bonuses to executives and dividends to shareholders.

I'm extremely disappointed in the Morrison Governments attitude to caring for the battlers of this country. When Scotty from Marketing, himself, smugly announced he would be allowing the companies to pay it back "if they decide to do so!"

The chutzpah displayed by this bloke is astonishing and it's no wonder he has been sacked from previous employment.

I don't think they would have been elected if not for that other useless fat miner had spent a fortune gaslighting the nation leading up to the election.

It's time to kick this mob in the guts, just like they seem to enjoy kicking and stomping on the unemployed, disabled, elderly and any other defenceless victims that can find to use as examples of what happens when you don't play their game!

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Em Maatin
4 days ago
Note to fascist fed gment.
Please return all rorted money and assets.
Will be more than enough to increase pensions and Job-seeker payments.

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Diane Caira
4 days ago
All payments need to be above poverty line.