Finance Minister Penny Wong has warned elderly pensioners to properly declare their incomes.
Senator Wong said today she had “not been looking under pensioners’ beds lately”.
Just as well Penny, because I am so darn crook, I cannot move my bed right now so the only thing you would find there would be the resident family of dust mites!
“But I would say we have a system of means testing for access to the pension and people are required to declare their assets and their income in order to access them,” she told reporters in Canberra.
So this is what it is coming to, victimize the pensioners and then bring in a NO CASH (cashless) society, whereby every transaction made with a plastic card in the stores, can be monitored by the government.
This entire stupidity – no that is too gentle a word, this entire fiasco is one of the most cruel and unfounded accusations yet to be made about the society which gave you life! The story began and gained claws when former senior Reserve Bank official Peter Mair said elderly Australians were committing welfare fraud on a massive scale and are behind the extraordinarily high number of $100 notes in circulation. Mr Mair laid the blame squarely on elderly people wanting to get the pension and hiding their income in cash to ensure they qualified for the means-tested benefit.
Excuse me for my anger and cynicism, but next (if you are in receipt of an Australian pension) they will start doing unannounced, random house searches, looking for your undeclared and illegal contraband.
Great Uncle Barney’s gold watch, and your Mothers engagement ring, which you have failed to declare, will be considered contraband, and you will be charged as lying to, and obtaining a pension under false pretences. You Naughty Criminal Pensioner Person!
I just asked my husband exactly where he hid the bounty. His reply, rather sarcastically was that Wayne Baby is doing all in his power to get a surplus so pensioners are in his sights! If the country is so far in debt that it has to sink this low and attack the pensioners, they could do far better and check into their account with the United Nations, after all Julia has been spending Big Time (read bribing) with them lately.