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Extra assistance for Seniors in Mallee.



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John Forrest MP The Nationals Member for Mallee

Phone (03) 5032 4510 Fax (03) 5032 9407

Thursday, 9 December 2004

EXTRA ASSISTANCE FOR SENIORS IN MALLEE

Seniors in the Mallee electorate will receive a boost when the Coalition Government delivers on a key election commitment advised John Forrest, the Nationals Federal Member for Mallee today from Canberra.

Mr Forrest said this new payment will provide self-funded retirees currently holding a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CSHC) and aged or veterans pensioners the extra support which they deserve.

“I see this payment as a reward for the hard work and support this generation has already provided us,” said Mr Forrest.

The 2004 election commitments Bill contains provisions for:

• A new utilities allowance for 2.2 million aged or veteran pensioners - $100 a year for singles and $50 for each member of a couple, • A $200 seniors concession allowance for 280,000 self-funded retirees who hold a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card.

“We are not prepared to sit back and allow the States to continue to block funding for self-funded retirees and are pleased to be offering a new $200 payment to self-funded retirees, with the first $100 instalment to be paid later this month,” said Mr Forrest.

The aged and veteran pensioners in the electorate will receive their $100 utility payment in two instalments in March and September. These seniors already have access to a wide range of state based concessions to assist with living costs, through the Pensioner Concession Card (PCC).

“It is pleasing that Senior Australians will now see the benefit of our election commitments which is only made possible by running a strong economy with good economic management.”

Media Contact Sally Turvey (03) 5032 4510 -ends-