By John Austin
“Free Viagra for pensioners! Fantastic. Where do I get it?” So quipped one senior wag on hearing about the Australian Government’s Energy Supplement.
At this stage it is best we establish that the Energy Supplement is not a medication to boost one’s vitals!
Rather, the supplement is much-needed taxpayer-funded support helping pensioners pay rising energy costs. Several years ago, the Federal Government moved to scrap the supplement for new pensioners. National Seniors fought that and won.
But the supplement is no longer indexed to keep pace with inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI). We say If prices go up the supplement should go up.
National Seniors is continuing to fight for age pensioners by calling on all political parties to restore indexation and better support pensioners facing ballooning energy and living costs.
You can make this happen by telling politicians what you want. So, please sign our petition calling for indexation. If you have already signed, thank you. If you haven’t please join us by going to our campaign website.