Posted on 08. May, 2012 in News

Premier Ted Baillieu has failed to address cost of living pressures for older Victorians in his second budget, Shadow Minister for the Cost of Living Lily D’Ambrosio said today.

Ms D’Ambrosio said that senior Victorians will get an average increase to their pensioners’ rebate of just 2 per cent, significantly below the forecast rate of inflation.

“Mr Baillieu’s budget, far from addressing the spiralling cost of living for older Victorians, has made it harder on them through this miserly increase,” Ms D’Ambrosio said.

“By providing an increase that is two thirds of the forecast inflation rate of 2.75 per cent, Ted Baillieu is hurting older Victorians.

“Yet Ministers and MPs will have a bump of 2.5 per cent to their pay packet, adding insult to injury to older Victorians.”

Shadow Minister for the Seniors and Ageing Ms Mikakos said that despite promises made before the election, the budget made it clear Mr Baillieu had simply given up on cutting the cost of living.

“If this government cared about easing the cost of living for senior Victorians, Mr Baillieu wouldn’t have broken his promise,” Ms Mikakos said.

“When provided the opportunity in a parliamentary committee to explain why seniors will be stuck with a rebate that is far below inflation, the Premier failed to answer the question.

“Seniors are already paying more for public transport fares, and stamp duty and car registration.

“Mr Baillieu warned that this budget was going to be tough, but it has become clear that he meant it would be tough on the hip pockets of senior Victorians.”


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