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Progressive MP emphasizes young at Grey Power Meet

Progressive MP emphasizes young people at Grey Power meeting

Progressive MP Matt Robson highlighted policies designed to better secure the financial well-being and future happiness of young people at a Grey Power meeting in Manurewa today.

"ACT, United Future, NZ First and National are trying hard to try and hoodwink senior citizens into forgetting about the actual record of the National-led governments of the 1990s.

"But the record of the Labour-Progressive government to protect present and future retirees from the indignity of poverty in old age speaks for itself. It is second to none.

"That is why when I speak at Grey Power meetings I use the time to outline the Progressive Party's 2005 election policies to better secure the well-being of younger people instead, as most retired New Zealanders have children, grand children and even great grand children.

"Retired New Zealanders that I meet understand why Progressive is advocating to cut tertiary graduates' debt in return for them committing their skills to working New Zealand. Pensioners understand why our party is advocating to ensure low income families can get into their own homes and most retired New Zealanders I meet appreciate why we are advocating raising the alcohol purchasing age back to twenty.

“Retired New Zealanders have a genuine concern about aged-care issues. While the Progressive Party wants to deliver more, I would also remind Grey Power that the National-led alternative is far far worse.

"Progressive's policies are about promoting the economic and social development of our country so that there is a better future for all in our own towns and regions, " he said.

The party has said it favours progressively raising the minimum threshold of National Super and is studying the cost of such a policy. Progressive has also said, however, that it won't unfairly raise superannuitants' expectations by campaigning on financially reckless policies which stand no show of being implemented by any coalition government.

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