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Seniors Cost-Of-Living Relief

Hansard ID: HANSARD-1323879322-125547

Hansard session: Fifty-Seventh Parliament, First Session (57-1)


Seniors Cost-Of-Living Relief

Mr LEE EVANS (Heathcote) (15:28:43):

My question is addressed to the Minister for Multiculturalism, and Minister for Seniors. Will the Minister update the House on how the Liberal‑Nationals Government is delivering cost‑of‑living relief to seniors across this State?

Mr MARK COURE (OatleyMinister for Multiculturalism, and Minister for Seniors) (15:29:07):Hansard

— I thank the member for Heathcote for his question. He is someone who fights—day in, day out—for his electorate. He is, of course, the Karate Kid of Heathcote—"Wax on, wax off". I have always wanted to put that in . We on this side of the House understand the pressure that the cost of living can put on people, especially our seniors. This Government is taking action to build a brighter future for older people in New South Wales so they can live their lives without the stress of needing to watch their bank balances. This side of the House can take action because of our strong economic management.

The SPEAKER:

I call the member for Maitland to order for the first time.

Mr MARK COURE:

Only this Government is able to provide over 80 rebates, available through Service NSW, which particularly help seniors to ease their cost of living. The Government's priority is to ensure that the seniors of New South Wales are safe and have access to the best possible services. On the Service NSW website, seniors receiving a pension may be eligible for up to 67 rebates. Seniors classified as self‑funded retirees can access over 37 rebates. I recommend that every senior book a Savings Finder appointment through a Service NSW centre. Rebate savings for pensioners include free driving tests, the pensioner concession on vehicle registration, free New South Wales driver licence renewal and the pensioner water rebate.

But wait, there's more. How good is the pensioner concession Opal card? There is also the Pensioner Travel Voucher, the regional seniors travel card and more. I was with the member for Heathcote at a forum to hear the story of a senior who went to the Service NSW centre at Engadine for a Savings Finder appointment and was able to get a saving of over $1,800 on their cost of living. This made a world of difference to them. They were able to take a family holiday—something that they had not been able to do before. Not only is there a huge list of rebates available for seniors, but also Service NSW centres are able to provide seniors with advice on retirement and e‑toll concessions. Only this side of the House can ease the cost‑of‑living pressures to build a brighter future for seniors across New South Wales, as a result of this Government's strong economic management.