The election campaign has been a rollercoaster for seniors. But it is not over yet. What more could there be?
From Monday your National Seniors Australia has a big job ahead to keep the pressure on the new government to continue implementing policies to the benefit of seniors. It is a big ask as there are policy initiatives on the table that will hurt some retirees – dumping franking credit cash refunds being most noticeable. There is still a long way to go before any policies become law, including passage through what commentators believe could be a very disruptive senate.
As you have read in Connect, this election has been characterised by the lack of genuine focus on seniors and aged care. While there have been exceptions, our rundown of what the parties are offering is telling!
Nevertheless, we have had good advocacy wins:
- Labor’s free dental care promise and other health related campaign announcements as well as freezing private health insurance premiums.
- The Coalition strategy that addresses elder abuse and commitment to curtailing out of pocket medical expenses through the publication of medical specialists’ fees and charges giving the consumer more information and choice.
These advocacy successes come on top of other wins throughout the past year or so. You can read about them below.
On top of this, the Pensioner Concession Card was restored to 90,000 retirees who had lost their part-pension due to changes to the assets test threshold and taper rate.
No matter who wins this election, National Seniors will continue to fight for better conditions and the rights of all older Australians.