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

Thursday, 1 April 2004

HELP FOR SELF FUNDED RETIREES

John Forrest The Nationals Federal Member for Mallee today from Canberra thanked the Minister for Family and Community Services, Senator Kay Patterson for her announcement of a $75 million package for self funded retirees.

This package aims to provide additional support for self funded retirees with a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CSHC). The package provides $10 million more than the initial offer, rejected by the States and Territories.

The package would save self-funded retirees eligible for the CSHS an average of $520 per year on their rates, car registration, electricity charges, and water and sewerage costs.

“Providing these discounts for our seniors is just one way we can recognise and acknowledge the contribution self-funded retirees have made and continue to make to Australia. Self-funded retirees often vent their frustration to me that they are treated so differently to those on the age pension, this is one way to address this imbalance,” Mr Forrest said.

The offer is based on joint funding with the Federal Government contributing 60% and the States 40% of the costs of providing the concessions.

“Currently only Western Australia and the Northern Territory offer concessions to their CSHC holders - its time the Victorian State Government signed up for this package to support self-funded retirees,” said Mr Forrest.

John Forrest MP The Nationals Member for Mallee

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