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Monday, 22 September 2014
Page: 9892

Age Pension

Dear Dr Jensen

Thank you for your letter of 24 June 2014 on behalf of the Standing Committee on Petitions about the Age Pension.

Thank you for submitting the petition suggesting specific changes to the Age Pension. In the 2014-15 Budget, the Australian Government announced changes to the Age Pension to take effect from 2017-18 and later, after the end of the current term of Parliament. The changes to the Age Pension are subject to the passage of legislation.

Further details about the Government's announced changes can be found on the House of Representatives Petitions Committee website.

The Government welcomes feedback from individuals on policy settings, and appreciates the time you have taken to bring these matters to my attention.

The Government needs to balance a range of competing priorities when determining the direction of policy. Input from the public is an important part of this process.

Thank you again for writing.

from the Minister for Social Services, Mr Andrews