ON PENSIONS, POLITICIANS ONLY LOOK AFTER THEMSELVES
Our Politicians have advised Australians that the Pension Assets Test is to be implemented on 1 January 2017 to all retirees EXCEPT retired Australian politicians! So here's fair warning to all politicians of any persuasion, that this year's aged voters may be about to make the greatest impact on any Federal election in history, so ignoring them may be the start of a changed political environment in this country.
The politicians want to change the entitlements. However if our pensions aren't considered to be an entitlement, then neither should theirs. They have told us that that paying us an aged pension isn't sustainable, but paying politicians all the perks they get is even less sustainable! The politicians in Canberra have told us that the Age of Entitlements is over. So in response responsible retirees and transitioners to retirement are asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise. In three days, most people in Australia will have this message.
This is one idea that really should be passed around because the rot in our politics has to stop somewhere. Here are some proposals to make politicians shoulder their share of the weight now that the Age of Entitlement is over
1. Scrap political pensions. Politicians can purchase their own retirement plan, just as most other working Australians are expected to do.
2. Retired politicians (past, present & future) can participate in Centrelink if they need a tax-payer funded pension. A politician collects a substantial salary while in office but should receive no taxpayer funded salary when they're out of office. Terminated politicians under 70 can go get a job or apply for Centrelink unemployment benefits like ordinary Australians. Terminated politicians under 70 can negotiate with Centrelink like the rest of the Australian people.
3. Funds already allocated to the politicians' retirement fund should be returned immediately to Consolidated Revenue. This money can used to pay down the debt they created, which they expect us and our grandchildren to repay for them.
4. Politicians will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Politicians' pay will rise by the lower of, either the CPI or 3% to gradually bring them down to reasonable levels.
5. Politicians lose their privileged health care system and participate in the same health care system as ordinary Australian people. i.e. Politicians either pay for private cover from their own funds or accept ordinary Medicare.
6. Politicians must equally abide by all laws they impose on the Australian people.
7. All contracts with past and present politicians men/women are void effective 31/12/16. The Australian people did not agree to provide perks to politicians - that burden was thrust upon them.
Politicians devised all these contracts to benefit themselves. Serving in Parliament is an honour not a career. Our politicians, as citizen legislators, should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work. If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people, then it will only take three or so days for most Australians to receive the message. Don't you think it's time? THIS IS HOW YOU FIX Parliament and help bring fairness back into this country!