Clarence Valley Community Unions and concerned citizens gather outside Kevin Hogan's office to ask why the government is reassessing pensioners assets.
Clarence Valley Community Unions and concerned citizens gather outside Kevin Hogan's office to ask why the government is reassessing pensioners assets. Caitlan Charles

Pensioners seeking answers over pension test

WITH planned changes to the assets test with aged pensions around the corner, the Clarence Valley Community Unions and some concerned citizens met outside Member for Page, Kevin Hogan's office on Friday to ask why pensioners were being targeted.

Spokesperson for the community unions, Robert Usher, said they were there to support pensioners.

"What the government has done to pensioners with the changes to their assets, what we are finding is a lot of people are concerned about whether they will receive a letter saying their pension has changed," he said. "I'd like to say that if we are going to look at the tax system, let's look at the whole tax system.

"Corporate tax is so low to the point that some pay no tax. They're not game enough to take on that but they are game enough to take on pensioners."

Mr Usher said everyone knows someone who was a pensioner.

"We're here to support people who have difficulty having a voice for themselves," he said.

Mr Usher said people were concerned about their future.

"There seems to be a difference between what Centrelink values some peoples properties and the value they have themselves," he said.

"I'm here to support people who are concerned...and bring it to the attention of the general public that there is an ongoing affect."



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