Victorians invited to election forum

Seniors who want to hear what the major parties have to offer in the 29 November Victorian election are invited to a public forum in the Melbourne seat of Ringwood next Thursday.

Local candidates will be available along with representatives of the major parties so the forum will be your chance to grill them about the issues that concern you.

Date: Thursday 6 November 2014

Time: 6:30pm

Venue: Maroondah Sports Club – Ringwood East, Corner Mount Dandenong and Dublin Roads Ringwood East VIC 3135

RSVP: Call James Sedman on 07 3233 9103 or email James now.

National Seniors has put the state’s politicians on notice they need to win the support of 47 per cent of the voting population who are aged over 50.

But too many – particularly those on low and fixed incomes – were struggling with spiralling living costs, particularly for gas and electricity, said Arnold Bates, National Seniors’ Victorian policy chair.

“They are worried that whichever party wins power will not make up for the funding cuts to concessions and eligibility criteria in the wake of the May Federal Budget,” Bates said.

“Other states have stepped up to cover the shortfall and the Victorian government should do the same if it wants to put to rest the fears of some of the state’s most vulnerable residents before they set foot in a polling booth.”

Bates said that if pensioner concessions were not maintained at current levels, seniors would be forced to make unenviable choices - such as whether or not to pay the power bill or to fill a much-needed prescription.

National Seniors has asked the major parties to respond to questions in a number of key areas including concessions and utilities, housing, employment, education and training, transport and health.

Responses from the parties will be uploaded to this website as received.

Click here to read our full election priorities document.

Update - 17 November 2014

Click on the party below to read their responses to our election priorities:

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