Nelson: Use petrol tax to boost the pension

Opposition Leader Dr Brendan Nelson suggested tonight on an interview with Today Tonight’s Anna Coren that $1 billion of unbudgeted earnings from petrol tax should be diverted to pensioners, who struggle on only $273 per week in the midsts of the increased costs of living.

Seems like a worthwhile idea to consider, especially after the outcry that was heard following the Federal Budget a few weeks ago regarding the lack of funds for pensioners. I don’t know much about the typical budget of a pensioner, be they aged or disabled, but I can’t imagine they’d have the same spending liberties that those of us in employment would be privy to. I do recall seeing a story on one of the current affairs shows where a couple of celebrities were given $273 to live on for a week and they couldn’t make it past 2 or 3 days. It seems to indicate to me just how much the older folk in our country need to tighten the purse strings to make ends meet – no wonder some put a bit of it in poker machines at registered clubs to see whether they can make a bit of money there.

(Source: News Limited)

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4 Responses

  1. hey mate

    do you have the CCT podcast which has the poess reference in it?

    I think i have it, but i cant remember its date, or seem to find it. can you help?

  2. I do – I’ll find it and email it to you tonight. What has it to do with pensioners and petrol tax though? 😛

  3. I have tried for ages to come up with somethign witty, but to no avail….

  4. […] stealing toilet paper to save money Yesterday I was wondering just how desperate these times of increased costs of living were making pensioners. Reports are suggesting that some pensioners in Melbourne may be skipping meals simply because they […]

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