Abbott breaks election promise on pension age, says Shorten
LABOURERS in regional Queensland could be the worst hit by an increase of the pension age to 70, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said on Monday.
Mr Shorten, who arrived in Brisbane, is spearheading a Labor campaign to highlight the effect of the Coalition's touted lifting of the pension age.
In particular, it focuses on regional Queensland electorates including Hinkler, Capricornia and Flynn, where high numbers of pensioners live.
Mr Shorten said the proposal was a "broken promise" and would hurt some 603,600 Queensland pensioners, including 401,200 who live on the $20,000 a year aged pension.
"More people will be affected in Hinkler than any other electorate with the highest number (36,100) of pensioners in Queensland," he said.
"Any increase to the retirement age will particularly hurt around 40 per cent (38.11%) of Queenslanders who work in physically demanding, blue-collar jobs.
"In the electorate of Flynn, the number is as high as 50% which is the highest in the state."
Labor's move also highlights the effect of any changes to the aged pension on Capricornia - an electorate long held by Labor before the LNP's Michelle Landry won it at last year's federal election.
Data from 2013 showed some 47% of workers in Capricornia earned their living from physically demanding jobs - workers who would struggle to keep working later in life.