FEELING THE PINCH: Comet local Trevor Kemp says pensioners have been hit twice in three weeks by the federal and state budgets.
FEELING THE PINCH: Comet local Trevor Kemp says pensioners have been hit twice in three weeks by the federal and state budgets. Meghan Kidd

Pensioners feel pain of budget

FOLLOWING Tuesday's State Budget, pensioners could lose some of their concessions.

The pensioner rate rebate scheme, SEQ pensioner water rebate scheme, the reticulated natural gas rebate scheme and vehicle registration concessions came under fire.

But three days later, the Queensland Government has backed down and agreed to reinstate the entire seniors' and pensioners' rate.

Comet pensioner Trevor Kemp said the announcement was the second hit to pensioners in three weeks.

"We have got the rough end of the pineapple."

But he was glad that the State Government had "come to the party" on restoring concessions.

The Federal Budget in May included a $7 co-payment to visit a doctor, a rise in petrol prices and an extra 80 cents on prescriptions under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

"When you live in the country, you have to do a 100km trip to Emerald to go to the doctor or the bank," he said.

"My fuel bill is sizeable and any rise really hits people who are out of the centres. You've got to try and make an appointment with a doctor and tie that in with the supermarket."


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