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FAMILY AND COMMUNITY SERVICES—PENSIONERS

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown), pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 247—That the Senate—

 (a) notes the following statement of claims from the Fair Go for Pensioners Coalition:

 1. That the Federal Government increases the pension rate from 25% of average weekly earnings to 35% of average weekly earnings until a more appropriate pension measure is developed.

 2. That proper and improved healthcare measures for pensioners are prioritised, including medical, dental, optical, hearing, pharmaceutical and culturally appropriate services.

 3. That the level of funding for aged care services, including culturally appropriate services, is significantly increased and extended to meet the growing demand in this area.

 4. That our pensions are not restricted due to overseas travel to visit loved ones.

 5. That legislation/regulations be enacted to protect older people considering taking out reverse mortgages.

 6. That a thorough review of the means test and GST impact for pensioners and concessions should be undertaken to ensure that pensioners are not losing out; and

 (b) asks the Government to consider it for inclusion in the 2008-09 Budget.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES,6


Senators—
Brown, BobHanson-YoungSiewert (Teller)Xenophon
FieldingLudlam

NOES, 40



Senators—
AbetzCashFurnerParry (Teller)
AdamsColbeckHumphriesPolley
ArbibCollinsHurleyPratt
BilykCoonanJoyceRonaldson
BirminghamCormannKrogerRyan
BoswellFarrellLudwigScullion
BoyceFeeneyLundyStephens
Brown, CarolFergusonMcEwenSterle
BushbyFifieldMcLucasWilliams
CameronFisherNashWortley

Question negatived.