“Treasurer Joe Hockey has signaled a further increase in the pension age, more welfare means testing and co-payments for medical services in a speech in Washington delivered as the budget takes shape”.
And it’s not if we didn’t see that one coming. For quite a while now Hockey has been “priming his audience” with stern lessons about how we must “end the Age of Entitlement”. Hopefully it’s not just those least able to defend themselves who will be at the top of the Liberal government’s agenda. To date the cuts already announced, and often surreptitiously, do not instill me with a great deal of confidence; cuts to welfare groups including the PCYC, cuts to legal aid for Aboriginal people and has begun dismantling the GP super clinics, to name but a few.
But surely when Hockey spoke about the ‘Age of Entitlement’ he was referring to the upper income brackets…
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