Our policy process

Call for more hearing health awareness

National Seniors has called for a public education campaign about hearing loss which affects at least one in three Australians aged over 70.

In a submission to the Inquiry into the Hearing Health and Wellbeing of Australia, National Seniors said it was crucial to address the preventable causes of hearing loss associated with occupational and recreational activities.

Have your say on the future of National Seniors

National Seniors’ members are being invited to have their say on the future of the organisation online or by attending a consultation in your nearest city.

Under the theme of ‘Vision 2020’, National Seniors is looking to gauge feedback from members on the purpose and vision of National Seniors, the values the organisation adopts and practices and the strategic priorities for the next five years.

Have you taken out a funeral bond?

National Seniors is seeking input from people who may have had to pay for funerals for their loved ones despite them taking out funeral bonds – in some cases, decades ago.

Last week, Beenleigh Magistrate Joan White awarded the full cost of a funeral service to Gold Coast couple Gavin and Fiona Turner after Gavin’s mother Beryl took out a funeral bond with Alex Gow Funerals in 1948, believing it would cover her funeral costs.

The company had sued the Turners on the grounds that the money was not enough for even the most basic of funeral services today.

Victorians invited to election forum

Seniors who want to hear what the major parties have to offer in the 29 November Victorian election are invited to a public forum in the Melbourne seat of Ringwood next Thursday.

Local candidates will be available along with representatives of the major parties so the forum will be your chance to grill them about the issues that concern you.

Date: Thursday 6 November 2014

Time: 6:30pm

Venue: Maroondah Sports Club – Ringwood East, Corner Mount Dandenong and Dublin Roads Ringwood East VIC 3135

Age pension in the media spotlight

National Seniors has been at the forefront of media attention this week after comments about the age pension by Treasurer Joe Hockey in the lead-up to the 13 May Budget.

Hockey raised the possibility of a rise in the pension age to 70. It is due to increase to 67 in 2023.

National Seniors chief executive Michael O’Neill said that the Treasurer himself had led the speculation.

“Governments are responsible for budgets and there are always rumours surrounding them until they are actually handed down,” O’Neill said.

Tasmanian voters decide

With a little more than a week to go before the Tasmanian state election on 15 March, National Seniors has compiled a summary of how the three major parties rank against each other as they strive to win the over 50s’ vote.

The summary of the parties’ policies relate to key priority areas: ownership of the issues, shipping and tourism, cost of living, housing, employment, education and training, transport, health and social inclusion.

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