Australian Government Cuts Aged Pensions for Expats

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    In a desperate move to save money, while keeping a 15 per cent GST on the table, the Turnbull government today voted to cut the pension for elderly Australians who travel overseas.

    Shadow families and payments minister Jenny Macklin, and shadow citizenship and multiculturalism minister Michelle Rowland said the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Budget Repair) Bill 2015 makes it harder for pensioners — especially migrant Australian citizen pensioners — to continue to receive their pension while they are overseas.

    “Under the Turnbull government’s changes, from 1 January 2017 pensioners will have their pension cut after just six weeks’ absence.

    Source: Labour Herald

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