Nick Didn't Make Life Harder for Pensioners
While in the Senate, Nick voted with the Liberals in 2015 to cut pensions, affecting tens of thousands of Australians.
In June 2015, Nick supported changes to asset tests for pensioners to make pensions fairer, and for the long-term sustainability of the pension system - a move which was also supported by the Greens leader, Senator Richard Di Natale, and its family and community services spokesperson, Rachel Siewert .
Under the measures, the Department of Social Security estimates that 83% of aged pensioners will not lose a cent of their payments. More importantly, 170,000 pensioners will actually be better off because they can hold an extra $50,000 in assets before it impacts their payment. Another 50,000 pensioners will now be able to claim the full pension and be $30 a fortnight better off.
The changes negatively affect about six per cent of pensioners who have a high asset base.
For instance, couples who own their home and have additional assets over $827,000 lost their entitlement, but can still be eligible for a part-pension should their assets fall below that figure.
Battlers like the aged, the disabled, carers, widows and veterans pensioners have nothing to worry about.
Furthermore, those who do lose their pensions through the assets test changes can still access health care and other concessions.
The move received overwhelming support from three major aged care and disadvantaged advocacy groups, Council of the Ageing (COTA), United Care and the Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS); groups that are known for their fearless advocacy for the rights and welfare of battlers, and they stated it was fair.
The false claim is the result of a costly scaremongering and smear campaign by SA Unions.
(22 Jun 2015) Journals of the Senate