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Greens call on Coalition, ALP to give aged pensioners a pay rise.



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Senator Bob Brown Australian Greens Senator for Tasmania

Greens call on Coalition, ALP to give aged pensioners a pay rise

14th Sep 07

Greens Leader Bob Brown today welcomed Coalition plans to review

pensions and Labor’s plans to increase the pension for Australian veterans

by $30 per fortnight, but said it was time all aged pensions were

increased.

"The Greens have been calling for a $60 a fortnight increase in aged

pensions for some time and we are pleased that both the Labor and

Liberal parties are responding to the Greens’ policy," said Senator Brown

said.

"There has not been a substantial increase in the aged pension during

Prime Minister Howard’s 11 years in office. Unlike the Coalition, the

Greens don’t need a review to know that in this time of economic

prosperity all our aged pensioners deserve a pay rise."

The Greens would fund a $60 per fortnight increase in the aged pension

funded by scrapping the tax cut for those earning over $75,000 per year,

announced in the federal budget.

"It's all about priorities. The Greens support an increase in the aged

pension and the veterans’ pension. Neither the ALP nor the Liberal Party

will support us," Senator Brown said.

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