QUEENSLAND Minister for Ageing Coralee O'Rourke claims the state government is pick up the slack.
QUEENSLAND Minister for Ageing Coralee O'Rourke claims the state government is pick up the slack. Bev Lacey

Queensland Govt's response to pension changes

THE Federal Government has recently made changes to the pension asset threshold, which will mean thousands of Queensland seniors could lose their part pension entitlement and as a result will no longer receive their Pensioner Concession Card.

These changes are a kick in the guts you don't deserve.

I want to assure you that our government is stepping in to pick up the slack from the Federal Government, by extending our electricity rebates to include all Health Care Card holders from January 1.

We have also guaranteed that all Queensland Seniors Card holders will continue accessing the electricity rebate of up to $330 per household per year.

The Palaszczuk Government has already had to fill the funding gap left by the Federal Government when they scrapped the National Partnership Agreement for pensioner and seniors card holders' concessions.

In fact, in the current state budget, we have allocated an additional $223.2 million over four years to make up for the federal funding shortfall.

This funding makes sure eligible seniors have some cost of living relief, through concessions including energy, rates, water, transport, and registration.

We know that many of you have spent your entire lives working and contributing to our state and economy, and it is simply not fair that the Turnbull Government wants to rip away vital financial assistance during your older years.

To find out more about concessions call 13QGOV or visit www.qld.gov.au/concessions

- Qld Minister for Ageing, Coralee O'Rourke.


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