COUNTING THE COST: The government says the family home is exempt, so why do home owners have lower thresholds?
COUNTING THE COST: The government says the family home is exempt, so why do home owners have lower thresholds? AndreyPopov

OPINION: Pensioners deserve better from government

IT'S hard not to feel sorry for pensioners who will be hit this week by Federal Government cost cutting.

Under new rules, pensioners with assets worth more than the new thresholds will lose $3 of their payments for every $1000 over, up from $1.50.

After getting a phone call yesterday from a concerned pensioner I was told how some so called "rich" pensioners would lose big dollars.

The new thresholds are $250,000 for a single homeowner, $375,000 for a homeowner couple, $450,000 for a single non-homeowner and $575,000 for a non-homeowner couple.

The government says the family home is exempt, so why do home owners have lower thresholds?

It seems people who have worked their life to pay off a house are being penalised with lower thresholds.

Pensioners shouldn't be penalised after working hard to get what they have.


Revealed: Qld private school fees for 2021

Premium Content Revealed: Qld private school fees for 2021

School fees at most Queensland private schools have increased

Train and ute collide in St Lawrence

Premium Content Train and ute collide in St Lawrence

Police have responded to a crash between a ute and a freight train.

Man crashes car on Central Queensland highway

Premium Content Man crashes car on Central Queensland highway

It is believed the driver may have fallen asleep behind the wheel.