If you are a pensioner holidaying in Greece for more than six weeks you will lose your one-off Pension Supplement until you return to Australia. However you will continue to receive a pension no matter how long you stay overseas. Maria Vamvakinou,
the Member for Calwell, rose during Tuesday’s Question Time to ask Prime Minister Scott Morrison, “Can the Prime Minister confirm how many pensioners will be negatively impacted by his legislation to cut the pension supplement?”
Paul Fletcher MP, the Minister for Social Security, took the question on behalf of the PM, and said that “under this Government aged pensions have increased significantly”.
Speaking to Neos Kosmos, Vamvakinou called for “certainty” and went on to say that “pensioners are confused about the proposed pension changes that have been on the government’s agenda since 2014”.
Senator Anne Ruston, Minister for Families and Social Services, responding to questions from Neos Kosmos said that, “the Pension Supplement is a single payment combining the value of Telephone Allowance, Utilities Allowance, Pharmaceutical Allowance and the GST Supplement.”
The Minister emphasised that, “the Age Pension will continue to be available at the full rate to those eligible indefinitely while they travel or live overseas”
Fotis Kapetopoulos neoskosmos.com 26/9/2019
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