“While there is a lot of good in this year’s Budget, people who rely on the dole miss out once again. The Supplementary Allowance announced only amounts to a mere $4 a week. CPSA calls for the gap between income support payments to be closed.”, said CPSA’s Policy Coordinator Paul Versteege.
“CPSA welcomes the aged care funding reform measures announced by the Government. However, aged care reform still has a long way to go in the areas of quality of care and consumer satisfaction.
“CPSA welcomes the increase in the tax rate for super contributions by high income earners as an important first step in making superannuation more equitable. CPSA calls for reform of superannuation tax rates in line with the recommendations of the Henry Review, which called for a stepped tariff parallel to the normal income tax tariff.
“CPSA welcomes the accelerated introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and the support given by the Coalition. The NDIS is a modest start in addressing glaring inequities faced by people with disabilities, their families and their carers.
“CPSA welcomes the Government’s public dental health measures, particularly the immediate cash injection to reduce public dental health waiting lists. CPSA urges the Government to make the design and implementation of a universal dental care scheme the top priority for the remainder of this term”, said Versteege.
CPSA represents pensioners of all ages, superannuants and low-income retirees. CPSA has 137 Branches and Affiliated Organisations, with a combined membership of 30,000 people.
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