Members' Forum


Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has opted not to nominate Kevin Rudd for the position of UN Secretary General, saying the former Labor Prime Minister was not suited to the job.

Speaking in New York, Rudd appeared on television in Australia saying that Turnbull had felt the pressure of the hard right wing in his party, having had a narrow win at the last election.

Rudd said that Turnbull had assured him on a number of occasions that he had the Prime Minister’s backing for the job.

Foreign policy is one area where both sides of Australian politics often put their...


The federal government is currently undertaking a review of Pharmacy Remuneration and Regulation.

Since January 2016, pharmacists have the option to offer a discount of up to $1.00 off medicines listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

National Seniors would like to know if members are aware of this discount.

Have you been offered a $1 discount on the PBS listed medicines by your local pharmacy?


National Seniors’ research shows most older people are not holding onto their retirement savings in order to hand on to their children.

Contrary to some reports and public perceptions, seniors are keeping funds in reserve for possible expenses such as home and car repairs and to pay for aged care, if they need it in future.

Are you planning to hand an inheritance to your family? Or do you see your retirement savings as your own, to spend as you choose?


The chief of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) Duncan Lewis says some of the donations to Australia’s major political parties last year had strong links to the Chinese Government.

Meanwhile, Labor Senator Sam Dastyari has been confirmed as using money from a donor with links to the Chinese government to pay an office travel bill.

Are donations from foreign countries an appropriate source of revenue for Australian political parties? Or should they be outlawed? 


Treasurer Scott Morrison has told a function in Sydney there is a growing divide between the “taxed and taxed nots” and warned government debt could balloon to $1 trillion within a decade if the budget is not repaired.

Next week, the government plans to table an omnibus bill for more than $6.5 billion in budget savings and urged the Opposition to back them.

The measures include cracking down on multinational tax avoidance, extending the GST to digital and low-value imports, and recalibrating ‘the way generous tax concessions are provided in the superannuation system’.