LETTERS: What's happening with our pension?
Where did it go?
Was it so small that nobody noticed it?
When the Australian dollar was high, the resulting availability of cheaper imports that included luxury cars, was factored into the Consumer Price Index.
Pensions were increased accordingly, and it did not seem to matter that the real increases to the cost of living outstripped the miserly CPI increases.
Pensioners were over the moon about being able to buy their Bentleys and Mercedes for ten or fifteen thousand dollars less than previously.
That has now reversed, and pensioners now have to pay up to fifteen thousand dollars more for their Mercedes.
Why then, the current miniscule CPI increases? Is the Coalition Government trying to claw back the pension reforms of 2008, that saw a substantial increase to pensions in the 2009 budget?
The silence from the ALP Opposition is becoming rather deafening.
GRAHAM WESSLING, Gatton
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