Members' Forum


Centrelink receives more than 700 applications for the Age Pension every working day.

A survey of National Seniors members who had applied for the pension since 2016 showed more than 40 per cent believe the service has much room for improvement while 19 per cent are ambivalent.

A joint research report by National Seniors and Retirement Essentials found Centrelink’s staff training, internal processes and management needed more attention.

The report also showed 82 per cent of seniors looked for help from Centrelink, financial advisers, friends or family when applying for...


Apart from game one of the State of Origin rugby league series, the Barnaby Joyce ‘tell-all’ Channel 7 interview  - and its fallout - has dominated this week’s news headlines.

The general consensus was that it was compulsive (or should that be repulsive) viewing, like watching a train wreck in slow motion.

Journalists and commentators around the nation seemed to agree they didn’t want to watch, but felt they had to in an effort to understand what prompted the (former Deputy Prime Minister and) National Party Member for New England tell all about his affair with former media...


One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has withdrawn her support for the government's tax cuts for large companies.

But a spokesperson for One Nation has denied its backflip was due to the coming Longman byelection in Queensland, where recent ReachTEL polling by the Australia Institute found up to 38 per cent of One Nation voters wanted company taxes increased.

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann has been quoted as saying the package would be taken to the next election, along with the personal income tax cuts announced in the recent budget.

Senator Cormann said the personal...


Some political commentators are forecasting a 2018 general election in either September or October following the Federal Budget and the tax relief measures it contained.

But Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said he is aiming for a federal ballot in the first half of 2019, probably in April or May.

In the wake of another flurry of citizenship-related resignations by federal politicians this week, some analysts are saying the prospect of five by-elections will be tests of voter sentiment and the competing tax plans of Labor and the Coalition.

So, do you think we are...


Treasurer Scott Morrison has reconfirmed his commitment to offer personal income tax relief and said the government will scrap plans to increase the Medicare levy by $57 billion in a powerful demonstration of faith in economic growth.

The 0.5 per cent rise on the existing two per cent levy was announced in last year’s budget to fully fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

National Seniors’ has submitted its ‘wish-list’ to government, asking there be no changes to private health insurance premiums until reforms can address underlying cost factors, an increase in the...