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MEDIA STATEMENT Philip Ruddock MP Federal Member for Berowra ' Shadow Minister for Social Security

Electorate Tel: (02) 482 7111 Fax: (02) 482 7018

Parliament House Tel: (06) 277 4206 Fax: (06) 277 4178

LABOR BETRAYAL OF PENSIONERS

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Mr Baldwin has some fanciful notion that the Federal Coalition Government has some hidden agenda for pensioners.

"Let me make it quite clear that nothing could be further from the truth. The Coalition does not have some hidden agenda to cut pensioners concessions." Philip Ruddock, Shadow Minister for Social Security and Seniors commented today.

"Maybe Mr Baldwin should recall Labor's recent shoddy treatment of pensioners. Has he forgotten:

• within a week of the 1993 election, Labor abandoned its promise to remove all age and service pensioners from the tax system by 1995; • the second round of law "L.A.W." tax cuts has not been delivered, adversely affecting the many pensioners who pay tax; • after the 1993 election, Labor increased the pension age for women from 60 to 65

despite that during the campaign, Labor described the initiative as premature, ill considered and unfair; • pensioners have been hard hit by the increases in the Medicare Levy and the pharmaceutical benefits threshold; • many women have been deprived of concessions by the abolition for new

recipients of the Wife Pension and abolition for new recipients of the Widow's B Pension and its replacement by the Widow's Allowance • pensioners must pay $5.00 more in rent now than they did previously to receive rent assistance and yet the payment has only been increased for pensioners with

families.

Mr Ruddock also commented that "The Coalition is committed to maintaining the value of all pensions through twice yearly indexation and will maintain all pensions at 25% of AWE."

23 January 1996

Philip Ruddock MP

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