Talk about the future

JOE Humphries is offended by my criticism of the LNPs changes to pension arrangements.

He supports them, claiming they will make the pension scheme fairer and more sustainable (Daily, 3/11).

That's his right.

Except his discussion, like Andrew Wallace's, scrupulously avoids the important questions.

How will the changes make the scheme fairer or more sustainable?

Joe Humphries offers no evidence to show the scheme is unsustainable, just an assertion.

It's a popular assertion but it doesn't make it true or a fact, just popular.

Nor is there an explanation of how current arrangements are unfair.

Or how increasing the gap between the pension level and the poverty line is fair or makes any sense.

Particularly when the greatest welfare spending is on the aged whose personal costs are increasing.

It's time to have a discussion about the future, what we aspire to, what we can do and can't.

But let's have it on an informed basis not upon conveniently invented popular myths and assertions.


Battery Hill


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