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Veteran pensions

Posted by: 4bc.com.au | 20 April, 2012 - 12:06 PM

4BC Mornings: Greg Cary has highlighted the issue of veteran pensions, and believes something must be done. Cary rejoins with Retired RAAF Air Force Marshal Peter Criss to see if there is any movement from the Government. Listen and comment now.

Blog comments Your Say

  • I am sick of the bull dust spun by the politicians with regard this subject. One question has to be asked and answered by every politician that voted against the Bill, âÂ?Â?do they think that politicians have done more for the country than veterans or their surviving spousesâÂ?Â?? If so then take their superannuation with all its benefits and hold their heads up high, if not then say so and just treat us fairly, not better just the same. The same indexation must be fair as that is what they believe they should receive. Let them tell the people why they have done more and deserve a better deal and I will be satisfied with what I have. We had to serve 20 years and contribute 5.5% of our salary, they only have to serve 8 years and just wave goodbye to us when we go to war. I will be interested in seeing why they think they deserve a better deal! If you journalists just ask that one question every time you interview a politician we will soon see who is fair dinkum and who is not.

    Paul Stephenson Thursday 31 May, 2012 - 3:07 PM
  • Why no mention of the fact that we, the Defence Force members, contributed 6% of our salaries from age 18 into the DFRDB Fund which, we were told at the time would be self supporting and would maintain itself with the cost of living.

    Barry Rissel Sunday 20 May, 2012 - 12:36 PM
  • No they do not they get paid from the the social securities bucket you ponce these people are not on social security but are retired superannuation annuitants under the DFRDB as offered by thier employer, the Australian Defence forces. So stop with the lies James W.

    mick Monday 23 April, 2012 - 5:51 PM
  • mick, Joe Hockey speaks of cutting welfare as a percentage of GDP. Pensioners get paid from the social security bucket of money, if there is less money put in that bucket, then it stands to reason that at best their benefits will not be indexed (thereby reducing the percentage of GDP that welfare represents over time) but more likely they will get less if Joe Hockey is Treasurer.

    James W Monday 23 April, 2012 - 12:32 PM
  • JamesW go peddle you political crap elsewhere as usual you are lying. These gentlemen are not talking or wanting anything from the social welfare bucket but a fair outcome with the cpi linkages to thier superannuation benefits to which they dutifully contributed to in a superfund run and controled by the Federal Government. They are now being screwed by this government who have no interest in fixing it but chasing thier mindless ideologies. It is obscene that this Australian government contributed $10bil to the European Union to keep their failing economics afloat, these gentlemen protected our country, the Government is setting aside $10bil for Green energy capital when the private sector has withdrawn all thier capital because it is a lame duck idea and is failing in all quarters, surely these people should get justice on thier hard earned pensions, instead the monies are being squandered by the people you support JamesW.

    mick Monday 23 April, 2012 - 11:49 AM
  • Unfortunately for Veterans Joe Hockey is keen to reduce the size of the social welfare bucket, which can only be achieved by maintaining current benefit levels or by reducing them. Joe seems to favour reducing them. All age pension receipients beware of Joe Hockey's plan!!

    James W Monday 23 April, 2012 - 9:27 AM

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