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For the information of fellow Rioters, I go a letter in the mail today letting me know that my CSS pension (earnt over 30 years in the public service before I went into politics) had been increased. Imagine my joy.. and that of my local café owner, who has the best coffee in Wanniassa.

My pension went up 1.3%! For me that meant in rough terms $4 a week! I don’t know what I will do with this untold wealth! Two schooners of Dogbolter Dark Ale cost $15.30 at the Kingston Pub…(I was on a business lunch and paying for myself and my mate).

What about the people on less CSS benefits than me? 1.3% is so under the cost of living to be unimaginable. So much for the well off!

When will the pollies on $190k and above wake up to what it is like to get an increase of $4 a week?

I don’t complain, cos I can make do,thank you very much, but I do worry about the others… I was an EL1 (SOGC) when I got out, what about the ASO 4s and 5s?

Anyone else feeling a bit ripped off?

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35 Responses to Pension Increase
#1
bundah9:35 pm, 04 Jul 14

Unless my maths is flawed a 1.3% increase amounting to, as you say, $4 pw would mean that your pension is a bit over $300 pw. Surely that can’t be right?

#2
Pantz_Party9:35 pm, 04 Jul 14

I would be feeling ripped off if the ASO 4s and 5s had the same entitlements, after all you forgo other things like holidays, friends or family make the time to advance. I also think

#3
Pantz_Party9:36 pm, 04 Jul 14

I hit submit waaaaaaaaaaaaaay too early sorry, was scrolling up.

#4
Garfield10:46 pm, 04 Jul 14

John, a few points/questions:
I take it that’s 1.3% for 6 months rather than per annum, which is what a reader without knowledge of how Comsuper indexation works may assume?
Were you complaining about politician salaries while receiving your MLA salary?
Were you publicly complaining about Comsuper indexation while Labor was in power federally?
Do you realise that the current federal government has increased indexation for some Comsuper (Defence) pensions?
Do you realise that if someone’s Comsuper pension is low enough it will be supplemented by a part age pension?
Have you complained to your local Labor colleagues about their tax reform that’s increasing Rates by about 10% p.a. on average, a measure that hits people on fixed incomes (retirees) rather hard?

#5
rommeldog569:00 am, 05 Jul 14

Garfield said :

John, a few points/questions:
I take it that’s 1.3% for 6 months rather than per annum, which is what a reader without knowledge of how Comsuper indexation works may assume?
Were you complaining about politician salaries while receiving your MLA salary?
Were you publicly complaining about Comsuper indexation while Labor was in power federally?
Do you realise that the current federal government has increased indexation for some Comsuper (Defence) pensions?
Do you realise that if someone’s Comsuper pension is low enough it will be supplemented by a part age pension?
Have you complained to your local Labor colleagues about their tax reform that’s increasing Rates by about 10% p.a. on average, a measure that hits people on fixed incomes (retirees) rather hard?

As a self funded ComSuper (PSS) retiree, I’m aware that there is a significant issue over the indexation to CPI. Its heavily discounted – for some reason beyond my capabilities to comprehend. In one 1/2 year period, I got a letter saying that it had been indexed uo .1% !! The reality is if you are on a ComSuper pension, you are apparently loosing buying power each year compared to CPI. Its the formula that is apparently the problem. I can not see Govt ever changing that though. I wonder how that ComSuper pension indexing formula compares to that used by other Super funds ?

So, getting to what the ACT Gov’t (your Labor mates, John Hargreaves Ex MLA) do for self funded retirees in Canberra ? Next to nothing. Zilch. Oh – maybe get the “Seniors Card” if they get to 65yo.

The only financial “concession” a self funded retiree can get is “deferral” of their Annual Rates if they can not afford to pay them. Lucky that debt can be repaid to the ACT Govt from the sale of their house when they die, isn’t it ACT Labor !

I fully agree that the up to tripling of the ACT Annual Rates, skyrocketing ACT Gov’t charges, the burgeoning Territory debt caused by excessive “borrowings” for things like the Light Rail, more MLAs, infrastructure “stimulus” packages (all of which the $ has to be found to repay yet !), wasted expenditure and the cost of the ACT bureaucracy, will make Canberra an almost impossible place to live for so many self funded retirees in a few years.

I’m afraid that the cutbacks from the Feds (which, historically the ACT will recover from – despite the short-medium term pain) will have less longer term impact on the ACT economy than the economic nose around all ACT Ratepayers and residents necks that the ACT Gov’t is/has created. IMHO anyway.

#6
agent_clone9:26 am, 05 Jul 14

The average CPI increase last year was about 2.6%. The CSS pensions are index to CPI. So assuming 6 monthly indexation increases 1.3% is correct.
FYI, the aged pension increased by $7.15 for the half year in march, with the changes to index on CPI this would have been about $5.88 pw.
My understanding of CSS (I could be wrong) was that there were optimal ages to exit the system at (I think 54 and 9 months, and 65 and 6 months), which was not your exit time.
While the $4pw seems minimal, the increases are meant to be cumulative over time, not all at once.

#7
HiddenDragon12:29 pm, 05 Jul 14

This post just illustrates the squeeze which so many people (not just public sector pensioners) are feeling after years of essential living costs rising at many times the rate of CPI “inflation”, and more rapidly than income increases that all (but the most fortunate have received). There is no relief in sight from this problem – certainly not with the so-called “tax reform” underway in the ACT, and with an atttitude to ACT Government spending and borrowing which seems to assume that there is an infinite capacity to pay on the part of ACT households.

#8
rommeldog562:43 pm, 05 Jul 14

agent_clone said :

The average CPI increase last year was about 2.6%. The CSS pensions are index to CPI. So assuming 6 monthly indexation increases 1.3% is correct.
FYI, the aged pension increased by $7.15 for the half year in march, with the changes to index on CPI this would have been about $5.88 pw.
My understanding of CSS (I could be wrong) was that there were optimal ages to exit the system at (I think 54 and 9 months, and 65 and 6 months), which was not your exit time.
While the $4pw seems minimal, the increases are meant to be cumulative over time, not all at once.

I think the CPI % increase is “compounding” too ?

As are the ACT Gov’t 10% average rise in Annual Rates over the next 20 years. The 10% “on average” pa looks much, much more than a flat 10% pa over 20 years, because it compounds and so well and truly outstrips the official CPI % rise and the consequent flow on to increases to CPI linked/based wages and pensions.

#9
John Hargreaves Ex M4:01 pm, 05 Jul 14

Garfield said :

John, a few points/questions:
I take it that’s 1.3% for 6 months rather than per annum, which is what a reader without knowledge of how Comsuper indexation works may assume?
Were you complaining about politician salaries while receiving your MLA salary?
Were you publicly complaining about Comsuper indexation while Labor was in power federally?
Do you realise that the current federal government has increased indexation for some Comsuper (Defence) pensions?
Do you realise that if someone’s Comsuper pension is low enough it will be supplemented by a part age pension?
Have you complained to your local Labor colleagues about their tax reform that’s increasing Rates by about 10% p.a. on average, a measure that hits people on fixed incomes (retirees) rather hard?

The advice I received from Comsuper was that my pension has been increased by 1.3% (and yes it is a 6 monthly increase, so thanks for that). but the advice also said that I had an increase of $36 a fortnight and had to pay a certain amount of tax. when I subtracted the old net from the new net, it came to $8 a fortnight.

I don’t get the relevance of my complaining to a Labor Government about the indexation level when in fact, I was not retired then… I now reap the rewards of 30 years as a public service officer.

Also, I noticed that the pension for some Defence people has been indexed to AWE not CPI like the CSSS. I don’t complain about the amount only the apparent inequity in it…

Are you suggesting that as a CSSS pensioner relying on a public service pension, I have no right to question anything because I was a Labor politician. If so, I am disappointed.

#10
John Hargreaves Ex M4:03 pm, 05 Jul 14

agent_clone said :

The average CPI increase last year was about 2.6%. The CSS pensions are index to CPI. So assuming 6 monthly indexation increases 1.3% is correct.
FYI, the aged pension increased by $7.15 for the half year in march, with the changes to index on CPI this would have been about $5.88 pw.
My understanding of CSS (I could be wrong) was that there were optimal ages to exit the system at (I think 54 and 9 months, and 65 and 6 months), which was not your exit time.
While the $4pw seems minimal, the increases are meant to be cumulative over time, not all at once.

Thanks for this information. It is most useful. I just don’t remember the Aged Pension going up as much as general pay increases not only those for politicians. It seems to me to be systemic deficiency in policy.

#11
Garfield6:14 pm, 05 Jul 14

John Hargreaves Ex MLA said :

Garfield said :

John, a few points/questions:
I take it that’s 1.3% for 6 months rather than per annum, which is what a reader without knowledge of how Comsuper indexation works may assume?
Were you complaining about politician salaries while receiving your MLA salary?
Were you publicly complaining about Comsuper indexation while Labor was in power federally?
Do you realise that the current federal government has increased indexation for some Comsuper (Defence) pensions?
Do you realise that if someone’s Comsuper pension is low enough it will be supplemented by a part age pension?
Have you complained to your local Labor colleagues about their tax reform that’s increasing Rates by about 10% p.a. on average, a measure that hits people on fixed incomes (retirees) rather hard?

The advice I received from Comsuper was that my pension has been increased by 1.3% (and yes it is a 6 monthly increase, so thanks for that). but the advice also said that I had an increase of $36 a fortnight and had to pay a certain amount of tax. when I subtracted the old net from the new net, it came to $8 a fortnight.

I don’t get the relevance of my complaining to a Labor Government about the indexation level when in fact, I was not retired then… I now reap the rewards of 30 years as a public service officer.

Also, I noticed that the pension for some Defence people has been indexed to AWE not CPI like the CSSS. I don’t complain about the amount only the apparent inequity in it…

Are you suggesting that as a CSSS pensioner relying on a public service pension, I have no right to question anything because I was a Labor politician. If so, I am disappointed.

I’m not saying that you can’t question anything, I’d just like to know if you’ve been consistent on the issue regardless of which party has been in power federally. If so, great, I can respect that. If not then this starts to look like political point scoring.

BTW, unless I’m missing something you retired in October 2012 and Labor was in government federally until September 2013, so you would have been receiving your CSS pension for 11 months under a federal Labor government.

#12
Pork Hunt6:48 pm, 05 Jul 14

Was it the Howard government that funked it for everyone when they changed the rules upon which the CPI was calculated? Military Super recipients like myself are affected by that decision. Some of the Lib’s best work that was.

#13
dungfungus7:52 pm, 05 Jul 14

John Hargreaves Ex MLA said :

agent_clone said :

The average CPI increase last year was about 2.6%. The CSS pensions are index to CPI. So assuming 6 monthly indexation increases 1.3% is correct.
FYI, the aged pension increased by $7.15 for the half year in march, with the changes to index on CPI this would have been about $5.88 pw.
My understanding of CSS (I could be wrong) was that there were optimal ages to exit the system at (I think 54 and 9 months, and 65 and 6 months), which was not your exit time.
While the $4pw seems minimal, the increases are meant to be cumulative over time, not all at once.

Thanks for this information. It is most useful. I just don’t remember the Aged Pension going up as much as general pay increases not only those for politicians. It seems to me to be systemic deficiency in policy.

Why not check out the Age Pension instead?
You’re really switched on aren’t you Johno.

#14
John Hargreaves Ex M6:53 pm, 06 Jul 14

dungfungus said :

John Hargreaves Ex MLA said :

agent_clone said :

The average CPI increase last year was about 2.6%. The CSS pensions are index to CPI. So assuming 6 monthly indexation increases 1.3% is correct.
FYI, the aged pension increased by $7.15 for the half year in march, with the changes to index on CPI this would have been about $5.88 pw.
My understanding of CSS (I could be wrong) was that there were optimal ages to exit the system at (I think 54 and 9 months, and 65 and 6 months), which was not your exit time.
While the $4pw seems minimal, the increases are meant to be cumulative over time, not all at once.

Thanks for this information. It is most useful. I just don’t remember the Aged Pension going up as much as general pay increases not only those for politicians. It seems to me to be systemic deficiency in policy.

Why not check out the Age Pension instead?
You’re really switched on aren’t you Johno.

I have never been on the dole and I won’t ever go on the aged pension. These are supports for people who have no other choice. I do. I also don’t understand why they have to pay for the (so called) federal budget problem when people like Gina Rinehart and Clive Palmer and Rupert Murdoch and Frank Lowy and the other billionaires don’t.

incidentally, sarcasm is the lowest form of wit…

#15
John Hargreaves Ex M6:59 pm, 06 Jul 14

Garfield said :

John Hargreaves Ex MLA said :

Garfield said :

John, a few points/questions:
I take it that’s 1.3% for 6 months rather than per annum, which is what a reader without knowledge of how Comsuper indexation works may assume?
Were you complaining about politician salaries while receiving your MLA salary?
Were you publicly complaining about Comsuper indexation while Labor was in power federally?
Do you realise that the current federal government has increased indexation for some Comsuper (Defence) pensions?
Do you realise that if someone’s Comsuper pension is low enough it will be supplemented by a part age pension?
Have you complained to your local Labor colleagues about their tax reform that’s increasing Rates by about 10% p.a. on average, a measure that hits people on fixed incomes (retirees) rather hard?

The advice I received from Comsuper was that my pension has been increased by 1.3% (and yes it is a 6 monthly increase, so thanks for that). but the advice also said that I had an increase of $36 a fortnight and had to pay a certain amount of tax. when I subtracted the old net from the new net, it came to $8 a fortnight.

I don’t get the relevance of my complaining to a Labor Government about the indexation level when in fact, I was not retired then… I now reap the rewards of 30 years as a public service officer.

Also, I noticed that the pension for some Defence people has been indexed to AWE not CPI like the CSSS. I don’t complain about the amount only the apparent inequity in it…

Are you suggesting that as a CSSS pensioner relying on a public service pension, I have no right to question anything because I was a Labor politician. If so, I am disappointed.

I’m not saying that you can’t question anything, I’d just like to know if you’ve been consistent on the issue regardless of which party has been in power federally. If so, great, I can respect that. If not then this starts to look like political point scoring.

BTW, unless I’m missing something you retired in October 2012 and Labor was in government federally until September 2013, so you would have been receiving your CSS pension for 11 months under a federal Labor government.

Yes I have been consistent, but when I left the Assembly, I vowed not to be one of those angry retired old sods who constantly write to the Canberra Times about their former professions. I have been true to that vow so far. In fact, you will notice that I am new to Riot Act. That’s because I have been approached by a few people to voice their concerns and who don’t want, for a number of reasons, to do it themselves. However, also…. my words are my own and I take responsibility for them all.

You are right in that I was on my pension for 11 months since retiring, but please know that in that time there were, I think, only two pension increases and of insignificant size. It has only been recently that I have turned my mind to the subject.

#16
dungfungus7:54 am, 07 Jul 14

John Hargreaves Ex MLA said :

dungfungus said :

John Hargreaves Ex MLA said :

agent_clone said :

The average CPI increase last year was about 2.6%. The CSS pensions are index to CPI. So assuming 6 monthly indexation increases 1.3% is correct.
FYI, the aged pension increased by $7.15 for the half year in march, with the changes to index on CPI this would have been about $5.88 pw.
My understanding of CSS (I could be wrong) was that there were optimal ages to exit the system at (I think 54 and 9 months, and 65 and 6 months), which was not your exit time.
While the $4pw seems minimal, the increases are meant to be cumulative over time, not all at once.

Thanks for this information. It is most useful. I just don’t remember the Aged Pension going up as much as general pay increases not only those for politicians. It seems to me to be systemic deficiency in policy.

Why not check out the Age Pension instead?
You’re really switched on aren’t you Johno.

I have never been on the dole and I won’t ever go on the aged pension. These are supports for people who have no other choice. I do. I also don’t understand why they have to pay for the (so called) federal budget problem when people like Gina Rinehart and Clive Palmer and Rupert Murdoch and Frank Lowy and the other billionaires don’t.

incidentally, sarcasm is the lowest form of wit…

No, no, no, Johno! You have totally missed the point I was making.
The word relation to the pension at issue is AGE not AGED!
I amazed that a rusted on Labor man could get it so wrong when referring to the Age Pension that a lot of his constituents would have been on.

#17
John Hargreaves Ex M10:16 am, 07 Jul 14

dungfungus said :

John Hargreaves Ex MLA said :

dungfungus said :

John Hargreaves Ex MLA said :

agent_clone said :

The average CPI increase last year was about 2.6%. The CSS pensions are index to CPI. So assuming 6 monthly indexation increases 1.3% is correct.
FYI, the aged pension increased by $7.15 for the half year in march, with the changes to index on CPI this would have been about $5.88 pw.
My understanding of CSS (I could be wrong) was that there were optimal ages to exit the system at (I think 54 and 9 months, and 65 and 6 months), which was not your exit time.
While the $4pw seems minimal, the increases are meant to be cumulative over time, not all at once.

Thanks for this information. It is most useful. I just don’t remember the Aged Pension going up as much as general pay increases not only those for politicians. It seems to me to be systemic deficiency in policy.

Why not check out the Age Pension instead?
You’re really switched on aren’t you Johno.

I have never been on the dole and I won’t ever go on the aged pension. These are supports for people who have no other choice. I do. I also don’t understand why they have to pay for the (so called) federal budget problem when people like Gina Rinehart and Clive Palmer and Rupert Murdoch and Frank Lowy and the other billionaires don’t.

incidentally, sarcasm is the lowest form of wit…

No, no, no, Johno! You have totally missed the point I was making.
The word relation to the pension at issue is AGE not AGED!
I amazed that a rusted on Labor man could get it so wrong when referring to the Age Pension that a lot of his constituents would have been on.

I’m sorry I missed the semantic point. I’ll write out a thousand lines of “I meant the Age Pension, not the Aged Pension” and I’ll try to make sure that I don’t make the same typo again…

#18
HiddenDragon12:41 pm, 07 Jul 14

“…The advice I received from Comsuper was that my pension has been increased by 1.3% (and yes it is a 6 monthly increase, so thanks for that). but the advice also said that I had an increase of $36 a fortnight and had to pay a certain amount of tax. when I subtracted the old net from the new net, it came to $8 a fortnight….”

Something weird going on here – $28 tax on a $36 increase (suggesting a marginal tax rate of nearly 80%). Sounds like a mistake, or perhaps a correction of some sort?

As to the CPI, federal governments of both persuasions have been happy to see it as low as possible – it keeps indexation costs down, reduces interest rate pressures on the mortgage belt, and makes our national economic statistics (particularly economic growth figures) look better than they would with a more representative measure of cost increases. If federal parliamentary pensions were only indexed to CPI there might, however, be a different perspective brought to bear.

#19
Masquara7:11 pm, 07 Jul 14

HiddenDragon said :

“..

Something weird going on here – $28 tax on a $36 increase (suggesting a marginal tax rate of nearly 80%). Sounds like a mistake, or perhaps a correction of some sort?

Not so much “weird” as “didn’t mention that he has three income streams that all add up to a VERY high tax rate!

#20
rommeldog5610:35 pm, 07 Jul 14

Similar. CPI increase in PSS pension of 1.3%.

Gross $ increase = $19-51pf.

But, nett $ increase = $5-51pf.

So much for CPI.

Maybe the extra tax for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) which started on 1/7/14 has something to do with it ?

#21
bronal8:10 am, 08 Jul 14

rommeldog56 said :

Similar. CPI increase in PSS pension of 1.3%.

Gross $ increase = $19-51pf.

But, nett $ increase = $5-51pf.

So much for CPI.

Maybe the extra tax for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) which started on 1/7/14 has something to do with it ?

Yes, and it’s interesting that there isn’t a single mention of the NDIS levy in the information sheets that come with the pension statements. The NDIS levy is the major reason that the actual increase in most peoples’ pensions is so low.

#22
dungfungus9:53 am, 08 Jul 14

bronal said :

rommeldog56 said :

Similar. CPI increase in PSS pension of 1.3%.

Gross $ increase = $19-51pf.

But, nett $ increase = $5-51pf.

So much for CPI.

Maybe the extra tax for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) which started on 1/7/14 has something to do with it ?

Yes, and it’s interesting that there isn’t a single mention of the NDIS levy in the information sheets that come with the pension statements. The NDIS levy is the major reason that the actual increase in most peoples’ pensions is so low.

Well, clearly this is Tony Abbott’s fault again.

#23
rommeldog5611:54 am, 08 Jul 14

Confirmed with ComSuper : The tax increase for the NDIS is in the Medicare Levy Surcharge which from 1/7 increased from 1.5% to 2% of total income/salary.

This extra .5% applies to total salary/incomed, including the CPI linked lincreases to pensions. So, its not just extra tax on the CPI linked increase.

Its just unfortunate that both issues started from 1 July.

It would have been nice for Comsuper to have included that warning/advice to all pensioners in their accompanying newsletter. Apparently, they are being inundated with queries. Now, why would that be ?

#24
John Hargreaves Ex M11:57 am, 08 Jul 14

dungfungus said :

bronal said :

rommeldog56 said :

Similar. CPI increase in PSS pension of 1.3%.

Gross $ increase = $19-51pf.

But, nett $ increase = $5-51pf.

So much for CPI.

Maybe the extra tax for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) which started on 1/7/14 has something to do with it ?

Yes, and it’s interesting that there isn’t a single mention of the NDIS levy in the information sheets that come with the pension statements. The NDIS levy is the major reason that the actual increase in most peoples’ pensions is so low.

Well, clearly this is Tony Abbott’s fault again.

In a reply to all the rioters so far, I contacted the CSSS people for an explanation and all that they could tell me was that the ATO had released new tax tables for PAYG and that the medicare levy had gone up from 1.5% to 2%. They then produced figures to substantiate the arithmetic I had already given them.

so…gross increase $36, tax increase $28, net increase $8. Gonna spend it all at once!

#25
rommeldog5612:52 pm, 08 Jul 14

John Hargreaves Ex MLA said :

dungfungus said :

bronal said :

rommeldog56 said :

Similar. CPI increase in PSS pension of 1.3%.

Gross $ increase = $19-51pf.

But, nett $ increase = $5-51pf.

So much for CPI.

Maybe the extra tax for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) which started on 1/7/14 has something to do with it ?

Yes, and it’s interesting that there isn’t a single mention of the NDIS levy in the information sheets that come with the pension statements. The NDIS levy is the major reason that the actual increase in most peoples’ pensions is so low.

Well, clearly this is Tony Abbott’s fault again.

In a reply to all the rioters so far, I contacted the CSSS people for an explanation and all that they could tell me was that the ATO had released new tax tables for PAYG and that the medicare levy had gone up from 1.5% to 2%. They then produced figures to substantiate the arithmetic I had already given them.

so…gross increase $36, tax increase $28, net increase $8. Gonna spend it all at once!

Because its indexed 6 monthly, and it coincides with 1/7, this is a one off reduction in the nett CPI increase. The next one, in December/Jan, will be what ever the % CPI increase is, less standard applicable tax because the .5% extra Medicare levy is already included. Hope that makes sense.

#26
chewy141:31 pm, 08 Jul 14

John Hargreaves Ex MLA said :

dungfungus said :

bronal said :

rommeldog56 said :

Similar. CPI increase in PSS pension of 1.3%.

Gross $ increase = $19-51pf.

But, nett $ increase = $5-51pf.

So much for CPI.

Maybe the extra tax for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) which started on 1/7/14 has something to do with it ?

Yes, and it’s interesting that there isn’t a single mention of the NDIS levy in the information sheets that come with the pension statements. The NDIS levy is the major reason that the actual increase in most peoples’ pensions is so low.

Well, clearly this is Tony Abbott’s fault again.

In a reply to all the rioters so far, I contacted the CSSS people for an explanation and all that they could tell me was that the ATO had released new tax tables for PAYG and that the medicare levy had gone up from 1.5% to 2%. They then produced figures to substantiate the arithmetic I had already given them.

so…gross increase $36, tax increase $28, net increase $8. Gonna spend it all at once!

Oh so now it’s Pensioners Vs Disabled, who’s more worthy?

Sort of makes the OP a bit redundant unless John wants to complain about the NDIS.

#27
dungfungus1:52 pm, 08 Jul 14

chewy14 said :

John Hargreaves Ex MLA said :

dungfungus said :

bronal said :

rommeldog56 said :

Similar. CPI increase in PSS pension of 1.3%.

Gross $ increase = $19-51pf.

But, nett $ increase = $5-51pf.

So much for CPI.

Maybe the extra tax for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) which started on 1/7/14 has something to do with it ?

Yes, and it’s interesting that there isn’t a single mention of the NDIS levy in the information sheets that come with the pension statements. The NDIS levy is the major reason that the actual increase in most peoples’ pensions is so low.

Well, clearly this is Tony Abbott’s fault again.

In a reply to all the rioters so far, I contacted the CSSS people for an explanation and all that they could tell me was that the ATO had released new tax tables for PAYG and that the medicare levy had gone up from 1.5% to 2%. They then produced figures to substantiate the arithmetic I had already given them.

so…gross increase $36, tax increase $28, net increase $8. Gonna spend it all at once!

Oh so now it’s Pensioners Vs Disabled, who’s more worthy?

Sort of makes the OP a bit redundant unless John wants to complain about the NDIS.

“Oh so now it’s Pensioners Vs Disabled, who’s more worthy?”

Who is more worthy? How about the taxpayers who underwrite both these social doctrines.

#28
John Hargreaves Ex M2:19 pm, 14 Jul 14

chewy14 said :

John Hargreaves Ex MLA said :

dungfungus said :

bronal said :

rommeldog56 said :

Similar. CPI increase in PSS pension of 1.3%.

Gross $ increase = $19-51pf.

But, nett $ increase = $5-51pf.

So much for CPI.

Maybe the extra tax for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) which started on 1/7/14 has something to do with it ?

Yes, and it’s interesting that there isn’t a single mention of the NDIS levy in the information sheets that come with the pension statements. The NDIS levy is the major reason that the actual increase in most peoples’ pensions is so low.

Well, clearly this is Tony Abbott’s fault again.

In a reply to all the rioters so far, I contacted the CSSS people for an explanation and all that they could tell me was that the ATO had released new tax tables for PAYG and that the medicare levy had gone up from 1.5% to 2%. They then produced figures to substantiate the arithmetic I had already given them.

so…gross increase $36, tax increase $28, net increase $8. Gonna spend it all at once!

Oh so now it’s Pensioners Vs Disabled, who’s more worthy?

Sort of makes the OP a bit redundant unless John wants to complain about the NDIS.

My point here is not so much a choice between types of pensioners rather that if my pension with the CSS, which I am happy with, can suffer with the kinds of ratios I showed, how do people on pensions on the poverty line get on and I don’t care what type of pension they are getting.

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gazket3:33 pm, 14 Jul 14

how do you think the pensioners are getting on. They’re sitting in the dark and cold to scared to turn the heater and lights on eating rice and baked beans.

If they’re drinking beer it’s home brew. I’m sure Labor will find a way to put a Co2 and teenager tax on that as well.

#30
Masquara7:27 pm, 14 Jul 14

John Hargreaves Ex MLA said :

chewy14 said :

John Hargreaves Ex MLA said :

dungfungus said :

bronal said :

rommeldog56 said :

Similar. CPI increase in PSS pension of 1.3%.

Gross $ increase = $19-51pf.

But, nett $ increase = $5-51pf.

So much for CPI.

Maybe the extra tax for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) which started on 1/7/14 has something to do with it ?

Yes, and it’s interesting that there isn’t a single mention of the NDIS levy in the information sheets that come with the pension statements. The NDIS levy is the major reason that the actual increase in most peoples’ pensions is so low.

Well, clearly this is Tony Abbott’s fault again.

In a reply to all the rioters so far, I contacted the CSSS people for an explanation and all that they could tell me was that the ATO had released new tax tables for PAYG and that the medicare levy had gone up from 1.5% to 2%. They then produced figures to substantiate the arithmetic I had already given them.

so…gross increase $36, tax increase $28, net increase $8. Gonna spend it all at once!

Oh so now it’s Pensioners Vs Disabled, who’s more worthy?

Sort of makes the OP a bit redundant unless John wants to complain about the NDIS.

My point here is not so much a choice between types of pensioners rather that if my pension with the CSS, which I am happy with, can suffer with the kinds of ratios I showed, how do people on pensions on the poverty line get on and I don’t care what type of pension they are getting.

John why do you only mention your CSS public service pension – and never your very generous MLA super that allows you to double-dip? You aren’t receiving that?

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