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Older Australians won't be conned.

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Wayne Swan - Older Australians Won't Be Conned Tuesday, 31 July 2001

Older Australians Won't Be Conned Wayne Swan - Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services

Media Statement - 29 July 2001

Self-funded retirees should view suspiciously reports today of expanded concessions as part of the Coalition's efforts to claw back the votes of older Australians hit hard by the GST.

Given the Coalition's track record of being mean and tricky, older Australians know to check the fine print.

There is a chasm between the newspaper headlines and what the Coalition has actually 'announced' today.

Far from 'launching new concessions', the press statement issued today by Senator Vanstone merely announced 'discussions' would be held with the States.

Retirees have heard it all before - the Minister held out the same hope before this year's Budget.

The Problem for the Coalition is that the States are responsible for the concessions.

While standardising concessions is a worthy objective, without putting on the table the full cost of the proposal the Coalition will be asking the States to pay for its promises.

After savaging the living standards of older Australians with the GST the Howard Government now wants to try and pass the buck to the States.

The Coalition's new found concern for older Australians in this election year contrasts with its appalling record in government.

Putting aside the 'never ever' GST, surely the Government wasn't honouring older Australians when it stripped the Seniors Health Card of concessions and benefits, and made other cuts to programs.

Free dental care was axed, along with free hearing aides and massive cuts to pharmaceutical concessions.

The Coalition's treatment of older Australians has been characterised by meanness and trickiness -always taking away more than they give.

Older Australians won't be fooled by this latest con. Authorised by Geoff Walsh, 19 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600.

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