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Minimum pension payment measure denied

The Australian reported that a leaked Treasury document explored a plan to scrap all welfare payments below $20.02 a fortnight as part of the May 2017 budget.

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One-off help with power bills

As a result of a deal in the Senate, single pensioners will receive a one-off energy assistance payment of $75. Couples will receive $125.

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Aged care survey shows nurses aren’t nursing

Every four years the Australian Government funds the National Aged Care Workforce Census and Survey, which provides the latest figures on the aged care workforce. The most recent survey was in 2016 and the final report has just been published.

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Home ownership: the fourth pillar

Economist Saul Eslake calls it the fourth pillar of Australia's retirement income system. The other three pillars are the Age Pension, superannuation and private savings.

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Community transport: fares blowout!

The community transport sector was tipped on its head when funding shifted from the NSW Government to the Australian Government following the roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and aged care reforms.

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Cashless society enforces honesty

AN estimated $15 billion is lost through tax avoidance and illegitimate welfare payments due to widespread cash economy activity. The estimate is by Michael Andrew, who chairs the Government’s Black Economy Taskforce.

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