Only disappointment for angry pensioners

THERE is no relief in sight for struggling pensioners who were yesterday told they could not be guaranteed a pension rise, even after the Federal Government conducts its national review.

Those were the words of Richmond MP and Federal Ageing Minister Justine Elliot, who was yesterday mobbed by about 30 protesting pensioners outside her Tweed Heads South office.

Pensioner advocate Terri Bradley, who organised the rally, said it was a sad day for pensioners.

“I'm disappointed,” she said after meeting Ms Elliot. “We went round in circles.”

Ms Bradley pleaded with Ms Elliot for a 'small increase' to keep struggling pensioners going, but Ms Elliot said they would have to wait until February for the outcome of a review.

Ms Elliot said the Coalition's proposal for a $30 a week pension increase as a 'political quick fix' and said it would see 17,000 people in her Richmond electorate miss out on any increase.

She said the Government had already given pensioners utilities and phone allowance increases, as well as a $500 bonus.

Ms Bradley vowed to keep fighting, saying Ms Elliot could not understand how hard it was to survive on the single aged pension.

“She doesn't understand at all - none of them do,” she said.



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