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Vic & NT budget wins for seniors

National Seniors Australia has welcomed the Victorian and Northern Territory Governments’ decisions to maintain concessions to tens of thousands of aged pensioners in their budgets delivered this week.

National Seniors Australia Chief Advocate Ian Henschke said the decisions would ensure many older Victorians and Territorians continued to have access to cheaper utilities, including electricity, gas and water.

The concessions for Territorians would be worth almost $44 million next financial year, and for Victorians $18 million for each of the next four years.

Submission to the Northern Territory Budget 2017-2018

National Seniors submission to the Northern Territory Budget 2017-18 outlines a number of key recommendations for consideration as part of the Budget development process. Recommendations cover areas related to concessions, housing, health, transport, elder abuse and more.

Northern Territory seniors vote

The major Northern Territory parties have responded to seniors’ election demands ahead of Saturday’s poll.

With one in three voters in the Northern Territory aged over 50, it is vital that politicians listen carefully and address the issues of concern to older people.

National Seniors asked the Greens, Labor and the Country Liberal Party where they stand on law and order, elder abuse, senior concessions, housing and mature-age employment.  

Computers and the NBN

The Central Australia branch of National Seniors is holding a practical seminar on computers and the National Broadband Network (NBN) aimed at broadening understanding to help make informed decisions and to assist with general computing issues.

NT Senior Australian of the Year announced

Repatriation campaigner and president of the National Seniors' Top End branch, Bob Shewring, has been named the 2016 Northern Territory Senior Australian of the Year.

The 69-year-old Vietnam veteran has spent years lobbying governments to bring home the bodies of Vietnam War soldiers who were buried overseas after they were killed in the line of duty.

Twenty five of the 521 Australians killed in the Vietnam War didn’t make it home including a friend of Shewring’s, Reg Hillier.

Discriminatory eyesight testing repealed in NT

National Seniors’ Northern Territory Policy Advisory Group has had a lobbying win with the government removing the requirement for drivers aged over 70 to have annual eyesight testing.

As part of the Northern Territory Government’s Review of Older Driver Provisions, the government initiated a review of eyesight testing requirements for drivers aged 70+ only.

The Department of Transport has announced it would reverse its discriminatory regulation which required people over 70  to have eye tests annually.

Review of NT seniors' housing

Public housing and housing in remote areas will come under investigation as part of a government probe into the future needs of seniors in the Northern Territory.

Chief Minister Adam Giles said there was a need for forward planning for seniors’ housing in the Territory.

“There are over 50 designated senior and aged pensioner dwellings in the Greater Darwin Region, Alice Springs has five, Katherine has nine and we want to do much more to help create senior housing in all areas of the Territory,” Giles said.

National Seniors' chief visits NT

The growing number of older people settling in the Northern Territory is one of the key subjects under discussion by National Seniors’ chief executive Michael O’Neill during his visit to the Territory this week.

O’Neill will meet with local National Seniors’ representatives and key figures from the political, business and public sectors, including Chief Minister Adam Giles, Member for Lingiara Warren Snowden and NT Minister for Seniors Peter Styles.

Subjects on the agenda include retirement income, cost of living, health and aged care services, and employment issues.

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