Major party candidates struggle against seniors

BRISBANE'S major party candidates have come away bruised and battered against a room full of baby boomers. 

Former National Retail Association chief executive Trevor Evans (LNP) and Labor's Pat O'Neill, a former army major had trouble winning over a almost 200 seniors at Brisbane's city hall. 

This event was the first of several helf by over-50s lobby group National Seniors in the lead up to next motnh's federal election. 

Mr Evans avoided concerns about changes to the aged pension assests test and tapering rate while many in the room argued the current thresholds are too low and offer a disincentive to superannuation contributions. 

He eventually gave up answering questons as a means to wetaher the critisism. 

Members from the audience began to uproar, yelling "talk about the assests" and "you obviously don't know". 

National Seniors CEO Michael O'Neill subdued the crowd by saying: "I think we'll move on, we're not going to get an answer there".

Labor's Pat O'Neill was also heckeled repeatedly during the event but offered to meet with outspoken audience members for a coffee afterwards as a means to resurect his credibility. 

"I can feel the anger and the disappointment and I think that you're a group of people whose voice isn't always heard and you get forgotten about," he said.

"I want to build personal relationships with you."

Similar forums will be held in the marginal seats of Chisholm, Hindmarsh and Hasluck as part of National Seniors' Seniors Vote campaign.


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