If you live in Australia, and are dependent on any type of Government pension, you are hard up.
While our politicians, who are sitting on thousands of dollars a year in salaries and enjoying the perks that go with the job, they assure us that we can live on the pittance they hand out, grudgingly.
We have been informed by a previously wellknown finance minister, that there will be no old age pensions in the future for older Australians, that we will be expected to ‘work till we drop’.
Not all Australians have superannuation to fall back on. There are many reasons for this. In particular, the stay-at-home mum or dad, who relies on a partner for financial support, or someone like myself who has had a multitude of part-time jobs where no record of super payments has been kept.
The Newstart Payment which is meant to help people who are looking for work, is barely enough to put food on the table, let alone pay rent on somewhere to live. In Australia, rents are high, a one bedroom flat brings upwards of $200 per week, and demand is high, even in country areas. The waiting list for government housing, as I heard recently on the TV, is 4 years.
There has been a lot of ‘in fighting’ in the Australian Parliament in the last few years. Important decisions have been shelved in favour of personal clashes and backstabbing,(case in point the Rudd/Gillard upset) and the Morrison/Turnbull mess of late.
I would like to see the voting system changed in Australia, to the ‘first past the post’ system, and make voting not compulsory. Perhaps this might make the heads of our country sit up and listen to their voters and get their acts together. I’m sick of my votes going to waste.
On a lighter note. It’s a lovely day here on the coast. The weekend is almost upon us, and soon the Xmas holidays will bring hundreds of tourists to enjoy our beaches, for swimming and fishing.
Thanks for reading. Cheers for now.