Tasmanian JLN Independent Senator Jacqui Lambie has vowed to use any future balance of power in the Senate to fight to keep the Aged Pension qualifying age at 65.
“Most Australians have forgotten that both the Liberal and Labor parties have agreed to increase the qualifying age for the Australian aged pension from 65 to 67 - because it’s unsustainable.
What’s unsustainable is Australia borrowing $50B over the next ten years to give away in poorly targeted foreign aid - when international reports show that more than a third of all our pensioners are living below the poverty line. A decent Aged Pension at 65 is not a privilege - it is a right,” said Senator Lambie.
"Independent Parliamentary Library research I commissioned says: currently a person must be 65 years of age or older to qualify for Age Pension. However, the qualifying age will increase to 65 years and 6 months from 1 July 2017. From 1 July 2017 to 1 July 2023, the qualifying age will increase by 6 months every 2 years until it reaches 67 on 1 July 2023," said Senator Lambie.
"My Senate teams in QLD, NSW, VIC and TAS will fight hard to keep the official Australian retirement age at 65 years. It's our official policy. If the JLN holds the balance of power in the Senate after the election, the Aged Pension payment and qualification age will be some of the most important policy issues that will be negotiated with the new Prime Minister.
The JLN will use our resources and influence to encourage Bill Shorten and Labor to change their mind on the Aged Pension. With better spending priorities - we can afford to increase the Australian Aged Pension by up to 6% and we can keep the qualification age at 65." said Senator Lambie.