Substantial pension increase needed: Catholic Social Services

Catholic Social Services Australia has called on the Federal Government to raise pension levels to substantially more than the current 25% of average male earnings.

Executive Director Frank Quinlan cited increased living costs as the reason, arguing that people need more than the bare essentials.

He said: "Low income older Australians have little or no discretionary spending power and are increasingly vulnerable in the face of interest rate rises, petrol price hikes and the flow on effect from the drought."

He was commenting as the Senate begins its hearing into the cost of living pressures on older Australians.

He said: "Governments have a responsibility to ensure all older Australians are accorded the respect which is due both to their fundamental human dignity and to their past and present contributions to society."

Elderly scrimp to get by (The Advertiser, 24/8/07)
Raise the Pension to Lower Financial Stress Felt by Older Australians (Catholic Social Services Australia, Media Release, 24/8/07)

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