The Australian Greens welcome the Morrison Government’s scrapping of plans to raise the retirement age to 70.
“This measure was another example of how out of touch the Coalition Government is with our community. The measure wasn’t going to make it through the Senate anyway, Australian Greens spokesperson on Ageing Senator Rachel Siewert said.
“Let’s hope they can back up this decision with real action for older Australians experiencing difficulty, poverty and disadvantage.
"Many older Australians are suffering discrimination trying to find work and are stuck on the appalling low Newstart payment and heading into retirement in poverty.
“The Coalition has cruelly tightened the DSP criteria meaning many older people are stuck on Newstart and their job compliance framework doesn’t properly support older Australians looking for work.
“Older Australians shouldn’t be condemned to poverty simply because of discrimination and because the jobs just aren’t there. It is particularly hard for those who have worked in manual labor industries who need extra supports.
“The Government could start by doing something concrete for older Australians and people in poverty by increasing the rate of Newstart by $75 a week.”
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