Tweed pensioners to picket minister's office

PENSIONERS will today protest outside the office of Richmond MP and Minister for Ageing Justine Elliot as they call for the Federal Government to increase their pensions.

More than 30 people are expected to picket Ms Elliot's office in Minjungbal Drive, Tweed Heads South, from 9.45am.

The decision to take their concerns to the streets was made by a group of 50 pensioners at a rally this week.

Organiser of the meeting, Banora Point single-aged pensioner Terri Bradley, said people would bring placards and their loud voices to make sure the Minister heard their message loud and clear.

“With so many elderly people in the electorate, as well as being the Minister for Ageing, Ms Elliot has a responsibility to act on our concerns,” she said.

Ms Bradley has an appointment to meet with Ms Elliot after the protest.

The protest follows a bid by the Opposition in the Senate this week to have the single aged pension increased by $30 per week.

Kingscliff self-funded retiree Peter Bonar attended the meeting held on Tuesday to show his support for the pensioners' plight.

“Even though I am not on a pension, I know how hard they do it because my parents and grandparents struggled on the pension,” he said.

“How the Government supports pensioners is an issue that everyone should be concerned about.

“With the state of the global economy currently, even self-funded retirees like me might have no choice but to draw a pension one day.”

The people at this morning's protest also want equity in payments for people receiving different types of welfare.



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