Members' Forum


The ALP’s proposed removal of refunds for dividend imputation credits has been widely criticised for its potentially devastating impact on low-income retirees.

Under the plan announced by Opposition Leader Bill Shorten on Tuesday, imputation credits would no longer be refundable. He has since promised a Labor Government would compensate up to 250,000 pensioners for every dollar they would lose.

Mr Shorten said wealthy retirees with Self-Managed Super Funds (SMSFs) would be most affected by the change.

National Seniors has crunched some numbers for those who would be...


Independent federal MP and anti-pokies campaigner Andrew Wilkie has told parliament the poker machine and pub arm of Woolworths has been spying on its punters to boost profits.

Mr Wilkie said venues kept databases of customers, which were shared among members of the Australian Leisure and Hospitality Group (ALH Group), a subsidiary of Woolworths.

The databases contained personal information, such as gambling and drinking habits, which ALH allegedly used to encourage increased gambling. Mr Wilkie called on ALH to destroy the information it holds about its customers.



Embattled Nationals leader and Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce is on the ropes and under pressure to resign.

Mr Joyce survived a vote in parliament aimed at forcing him out as he denied claims he asked a friend for a rent-free townhouse when his marriage broke down last year.

Mr Joyce lived rent-free in businessman Greg Maguire's Armidale townhouse, which he moved into as he was preparing for the New England by-election last December. He said at the time he was no longer an MP or a minister, having been forced to resign because of his New Zealand citizenship.



Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten this week labelled private health insurance ‘a con’, but health fund Bupa says people want cheaper cover that excludes some conditions.

Mr Shorten made the cost of private health cover and the quality of cover provided a major theme of his first big speech for the year. He noted many more policies now had exclusions and argued that meant consumers were getting less value for money.

National Seniors knows that the rising cost of health cover is one of members’ biggest worries. In a survey late last year, members said if private health...


One of the topics that’s exercised the pollies and others over the summer has been the date Australia Day is celebrated.

Poll results released today by the Canberra think-tank The Australia Institute has shown that 56 per cent of Australians don’t mind when it’s held, provided there is a national day of celebration.

Less than half of poll respondents identified the First Fleet arriving in Sydney Cove in 1788 as the reason why January 26 is the current date. But nearly half – 49 per cent – of those surveyed believed Australia Day shouldn’t be on a date that is offensive to...