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Labor, Coalition vote against increasing the aged pension.

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Senator Bob Brown Australian Greens Senator for Tasmania

Labor, Coalition vote against increasing the aged pension 16th Aug 07

Australia’s 1.2 million pensioners were let down today when Labor and the Coalition voted down a Greens’

motion to increase the aged pension by $60 a fortnight, Greens Leader Bob Brown said.

“Prime Minister John Howard has handed out $60 billion worth of tax cuts in recent years. Opposition Leader

Kevin Rudd has offered the defence department a blank cheque if he is elected. Both are clearly prepared to

spend billions of dollars elsewhere, so why not on pensioners?” Senator Brown asked.

The vote was 54 to 8 against the Greens motion read as follows:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) Australia is experiencing a period of record economic growth, and

(ii) the 2007-08 Federal Budget provided tax cuts to those earning more than $75 000, at a cost of $3.5 billion

per year; and

(b) calls on the Government to invest approximately $3 billion per year to lift the aged pension by $60 per


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