Posted on 19. Apr, 2012 in News

Premier Ted Baillieu has failed older Victorians on their key election promise to cut the cost of living, Shadow Minister for Seniors and Ageing, Jenny Mikakos said today.

Addressing a rally of pensioners alongside Shadow Minister for the Cost of Living Lily D’Ambrosio, Ms Mikakos said it was clear the welfare of older Victorians wasn’t a priority for the Baillieu Government.

“Mr Baillieu was keen in Opposition to cut the cost of living, particularly for older Victorians and pensioners, but since taking government 18 months ago, the premier has done precious little to help seniors in this state,” Ms Mikakos said.

“What optimises this government’s lack of focus on the plight of older Victorians, is that the Premier is yet to meet with advocate group ‘Fare go for Pensioners’.

“This comes on top of the Baillieu Government hiking public transport fares by nearly 8.6 percent, increasing the rate of stamp duty on new cars, increased car registration by  $35, all while dismantling the Office for Senior Victorians.”

Ms D’Ambrosio said Labor was intent on holding Mr Baillieu to his promise to cut the cost of living.

“Labor, after meeting with representatives from ‘Fare go for Pensioners’, has committed to undertake a series of community discussions with seniors groups, care-providers and the broader community,” Ms D’Ambrosio said.

“These discussions will help inform us on the issues that are facing older Victorians, and what impact the Baillieu Government’s policies are having on their lives.

“I call on the Premier to start treating older Victorians with respect.

“Mr Baillieu can start by meeting with ‘Fare go for Pensioners’ and getting their views on the cost of living pressures he was promised his government would tackle.”


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