In Australia’s capital cities, it is near impossible to make ends meet on the minimum wage. However, many age pensioners must survive on far less. We must fix the age pension at 75% of minimum wages, adjust with inflation and allow modest earnings to supplement. To ensure future generations can retire without falling into poverty, we must raise superannuation contributions to 15% with a 3% co-contribution by employees.
In a deliberate con by our corrupt career politicians, pensioners were encouraged to "age in place", instead of going into more costly aged care facilities. However, government then fails to provide the necessary in-home care packages. Thousands die each year in pain and poverty, while on the waiting list for promised home care packages. This is a colossal scandal we must fix urgently.