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Greens to reverse Howard-era pension mistake, secure superannuation tax review

Media Release

16 June 2015

Pension payments will be redirected to those who most need income support, after the Australian Greens reached an agreement with the government for a broader review of retirement incomes.

“The Greens opposed the Howard Government changes to pensions back in 2007. Now we’re restoring the system to ensure that everyone has a decent retirement,” said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

“All Australians deserve a system that supports them in retirement, not just the wealthy.

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Increasing medical costs will force Newstart recipients into impossible choices


The Australian Greens said today that increasing out of pocket medical expenses will be forcing people on Newstart to go without essential health care, dental care and medicines because they can’t afford them.

“The Consumers Health Forum has found that Australians are paying an average of $1075 per year in out of pocket medical expenses. There is just no way a person on Newstart can pay this when they’re living more than $130 per week below the poverty line,” Senator Siewert said today.

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Pokies reform

40% of the revenue that goes through these machines can be attributed to the problem gamblers. The harm this causes the community is enormous. As money is taken out of family budgets the social costs add up, and are estimated at $4.7b per year.

The Greens’ policy of limiting bets to $1 is a simple reform that won’t affect most players, but will help problem gamblers limit their losses. This commonsense change will bring poker machines back into line with other forms of recreational activity, and will do so over a timeframe that is realistic, affordable and fair to industry.

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