Pensioners called to arms over pay rise
TWEED seniors are being urged to support a public meeting later this month with the aim of raising the aged pension.
After pensioners were "overlooked" in last month's federal budget, former head of the now-disbanded Tweed Combined Pensioners and Superannuants Association Don Morgan, is calling on Tweed seniors to show their support by attending.
Mr Morgan has organised a public meeting in the hope of raising the aged pension, and is calling on Tweed seniors to show their support by attending.
Pensioners across the country claim they were overlooked in last month's federal budget, and say there should have been a pension increase to keep up with inflation.
Mr Morgan who is the former head of the now disbanded Tweed Combined Pensioners and Superannuants Association, wants to give pensioners the chance to put forward a case for increasing the aged pension which stands at about $270 per week. "I want to hear from the pensioners themselves, what they want and how we are going to go about it," Mr Morgan said. The meeting, to be attended by local politicians, will run from 10am Monday, June 30, at the South Tweed Sports Club.
Mr Morgan has extended invitations to State Member for Tweed Geoff Provest, Federal Minister for Ageing and Richmond MP Justine Elliot, and Shadow Minister for Ageing, Currumbin MP Margaret May.
Mr Provest and Ms May have confirmed their attendance, but Mr Morgan is still waiting to hear back from Ms Elliot.
"I left a message at her office saying we are having a meeting but I haven't heard anything back," he said.
"If she doesn't turn up it will be really bad for her because I think she should be there to answer these things." After putting out an initial call to Tweed pensioners to contact him and show their interest, Mr Morgan said he has been inundated with calls, and has even had people stopping him in the street to pledge their support for the meeting.
"The phone has been ringing off the hook," he said.
"Going by the way people are ringing me and speaking to me, it looks like we're going to have a full house. I think everybody is going to support it. And there are about 300 seats in the club, so that's good."
However, Mr Morgan said the Tweed pensioners were not likely to follow in the footsteps of their Melbourne counterparts who took to the streets in their underwear last month in protest over the budget.
"We are not going to strip off like that other mob," he said.
"But I think things will go well. I just hope people turn up and I think they will."