Budget of hit and misses leaves vulnerable families and jobless at risk

“In this Budget, the Government has tried to exorcise the ghosts of last year’s unfair measures, which, had they passed the Senate, would have impacted millions of the poorest in our community. The back down on pension indexation and a less tough unemployment waiting period shows that they are trying to address community apprehensions about their harsh policies,” said Kate Beaumont, President of the National Welfare Rights Network (NWRN) today. Continue Reading

Pension makeover looking good, says National Welfare Rights Network

The National Welfare Rights Network (NWRN) has welcomed the Government’s revised pension plan, which abandons the unfair indexation cuts of last year’s budget that would have hurt Australia’s poorest pensioners. The new proposal to tighten the assets test will affect wealthier retirees who are in less need of taxpayer support in their retirement. A boost to the ‘assets free area’ will mean increased pensions for some people. Continue Reading