• Government to support Broadwater’s pensioners

    Broadwater’s pensioners who benefit from concession payments will not suffer any reduction in payments after the Queensland Government announced it would cover the cuts announced by the Federal Government.

    State Member for Broadwater, Verity Barton MP, said the Queensland Government had listened to the concerns of the local community and would act.

    “Pensioners and older Queenslanders have told us that they simply can’t wear the cost of filling the gap between Queensland’s increased contribution, and the Commonwealth Government’s concessions cuts and increased fees and taxes,” Miss Barton said.

    “We’ve not only listened to Queenslanders, but we’ve acted on the issue, within the space of two days, to reinstate the full level of pensioner and senior concessions which was previously covered by the Commonwealth.

    “Passing on a portion of the Commonwealth’s cuts to pensioner concessions is clearly not a decision the community would accept.

    “This LNP State Government has a strong plan for Broadwater’s pensioners, demonstrated in this week’s state budget which increased concessions by $26 million. In contrast, Queensland Labor remains silent on the carbon tax, one of the biggest cost of living impacts on pensioners.”

    Premier Campbell Newman said the Commonwealth should be bearing the burden of these cuts, not Queenslanders. “We will be continuing to send a clear message to the Commonwealth that Queenslanders won’t stand for these kinds of cuts,” Mr Newman said.

    “It is the Commonwealth Government that’s caused this problem with pensioner cuts and increased charges. We’re very conscious of the ‘double whammy’ impact of the Federal Government’s changes to pensions and the removal of concessions funding.

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