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May 23, 2024

Retirement age to revert to 65 under Greens

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Mandy Nolan says that with the Greens in the balance of power we can push the next government towards a fair system that helps everyone. Photo Tree Faerie.

The Greens are well and truly on the campaign trail and they have announced a policy to return the retirement age to 65, something that will appeal to the almost 25 percent of residents living in the Richmond electorate.

The Greens have announced a fully-costed plan to return the retirement age back down from 67 to 65 and grant every Australian Earlier Access to the Age Pension.

It comes in addition to the Greens’ recently announced commitment to raise the rate of the pension to $88 a day.

Greens candidate for Richmond Mandy Nolan worked in conjunction with Greens Welfare spokesperson Senator Janet Rice on the policy designed to support older Australians. Numerous requests from desperate older women forced into poverty and homelessness due to the housing crisis prompted Nolan’s move into politics. 

Poverty-inducing policy appalling and unfair

‘I’ve seen first-hand the results of this poverty-inducing policy of making older Australians wait for their pension. Older women bear the brunt. This issue prompted my move into politics. I received a staggering amount of requests for help from older women forced into poverty and homelessness. They’d worked hard their entire lives and now are forced to live in garages or their cars. It’s appalling and unfair. With Greens in the balance of power, we can push the next government towards a fair system that helps everyone.’

Nolan says lowering the eligibility age will expand access to the pension for hundreds of thousands of older Australians currently living in poverty and provide a well-deserved earlier retirement with guaranteed income support for people who have worked their entire lives on low wages to take care of their families.

Older people often unable to find work

‘Since the Rudd Government’s 2009 increase to the pension age from 65 to 67, Liberal and Labor have failed low-income older Australians. ‘The government and Labor’s pension age policy is a fallacy. Work until you’re 67? In regional electorates such as Richmond, older people are often unable to find work or continue working even if they want to. People who have worked hard all their lives shouldn’t have to live chasing non-existent jobs, kowtowing to employment agencies. They deserve fairer, and they deserve better.’

Nolan says that across the country, thousands of older Australians approaching retirement age have limited capacity to continue working or have been excluded from the jobs market entirely. ‘Thousands more are in physically demanding, minimum wage jobs, forced to keep working an additional two years because of successive Labor and Liberal governments failing to give them the support they need.

Social safety net shouldn’t be a waiting game

‘Access to the social safety net shouldn’t be a waiting game with older Australians holding on by their fingernails until they’re 67. With rents and living expenses soaring, dropping the pension by two years to where it should rightfully be can change lives.

‘The government and Labor’s pension age policy is a fallacy. Work until you’re 67? In regional electorates such as Richmond, older people are often unable to find work or continue working even if they want to. People who have worked hard all their lives shouldn’t have to live chasing non-existent jobs, kowtowing to employment agencies. They deserve fairer, and they deserve better.’


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8 COMMENTS

  1. Spot on again, Mandy. Most of us have been ‘work horses’ for far too long.
    If the 65 year old leaves a work condition it opens up a job space for the
    next worker.

    • Stefanie, 100%
      Lets not forget it was the Liberals with Joe Hockey as then Treasurer in 2014 who wanted the age pension eligibility to be raised to 70 years of age.
      It is all part of this Liberals idea of “the economy we all live in” of ‘Lifters not Leaners’, The Taxed and the Taxed-not’, ‘If you have a go, you gotta KEEP going On and On’.

  2. Many of these earlier retirees will struggle on the pension that they will get after all the government welfare clawbacks . Others will give up seeking a bit more money from casual work or a micro-business. Start thinking about replacing pensions and unemployment benefits with a universal basic income that may vary with age but not income.. Much much simpler welfare system and a much bigger incentive to earn some money to top up welfare.

    • Alan, did you not read the part in the article – “The Greens have announced a fully-costed plan to return the retirement age back down from 67 to 65 and grant every Australian Earlier Access to the Age Pension.”
      You can use your computer and google yes?

  3. Will it be for those who have worked a qualifying period of time on “low” wages? (And how are those two things defined?) Or for everyone?

    A real policy on this issue needs to be developed and made public, to take this seriously, and would be a welcome addition to public policy development

  4. 65 , oh yes please .. That would be awesome ..Not long ago it was 60. A good retirement age for an outside worker . Just enough time to enjoy retirement before the body packs it in and your in a wheelchair . Hurry , before they try and put it up to 70.. Imagine that . Go to work with your cane , wobble wobble . Here I am , ready to work . Someone hold my cane while I load the ute. Office workers with air conditioning make the rules. They don’t care. .

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