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THE HON MICHAEL DANBY MP
SHADOW PARLIAMENT SECRETARY TO THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY FOR THE ARTS
MEMBER FOR MELBOURNE PORTS

Labor working to protect pensions in Melbourne Ports

Labor will protect pensioners from Tony Abbott’s latest cuts to the pension said Member for Melbourne Ports Michael Danby.

Labor will protect pensioners from Tony Abbott’s latest cuts to the pension said Member for Melbourne Ports Michael Danby.

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Around Australia, 330,000 pensioners are facing a cut to their pension. Some single pensioners in Melbourne Ports will be as much $8,000 a year worse off. Some couples will lose as much as $14,000. Under Tony Abbott’s plans, more than 90,000 part-pensioners will be thrown off the pension entirely. There are 2790 part-pensioners in Melbourne Ports.

Mr Danby said, “Tony Abbott promised no changes to pensions before the election. After failing in his attempt to cut the pension by up to $80 a week last year, he has now inked this deal with the Greens Party.”

The Greens political party made this agreement in exchange for a six-week extension to the deadline for submissions to the Tax Inquiry. New Greens party leader Richard Di Natale claims that superannuation tax concessions are now “back on the table”. But Tony Abbott, Social Affairs Minister Scott Morrison and Treasurer Joe Hockey have decisively ruled that out over the last couple of days.

On Wednesday, when asked if it was back on the table, Tony Abbott said, “no”. Also on Wednesday Joe Hockey also released a statement declaring no changes were being considered. On Tuesday, Scott Morrison said Liberal policy was “crystal clear” and “unchanged”.

“This means”, said Mr Danby, “that the new Greens leadership has been naively conned by a sophisticated and cynical Liberal party. Neither can be trusted with Melburnians’ hard-earned pensions.”

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