The State Liberals will today table a petition in Parliament signed by over 13,000 South Australians concerned about the Weatherill Labor Government’s proposed cut to pensioner concessions.
Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis continues to play cruel games with South Australian pensioners, refusing to say whether or not he will cut their concessions.
“The message from South Australians is loud and clear – the Weatherill Labor Government must stop playing politics with pensioners,” said Shadow Minister for Local Government Steven Griffiths.
“The Weatherill Labor Government has tried to claim that it is cutting pensioner concessions due to the federal budget, but no other state in the country has abolished this concession, despite all facing the same circumstances from Canberra.
“Let’s not forget that this is legislated through state parliament, so the Weatherill Labor Government can’t shirk responsibility.
“The State Liberals reaffirm that we will move to block any regulation aimed at removing pensioner concession payments on local government rates.
“This will ensure approximately 160,000 pensioners remain entitled to up to $190 per annum in concessions, worth a total of $32 million a year.
“We live in the highest taxed state in the nation and removing this concessional payment will be slugging some of the most vulnerable in our society with a cost of living increase they just can’t afford.
“It is inexcusable to keep increasing taxes and ripping away concession payments from pensioners, all because Labor are running a record budget deficit and can’t manage the State’s finances.”