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Labour's Callous Treatment Of Seniors

4 August 2005

Super Petition Highlights Labour's Callous Treatment Of Seniors

A petition from members of Grey Power’s superannuation committee seeking redress for the shortfall in superannuation below the legal requirement highlights just how poorly Labour is treating our seniors, says the Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“This petition of nearly 4,000 signatures is a terrible indictment on Labour. To allow New Zealand superannuation to fall below the legal 65% threshold for four consecutive quarters as Labour have done is simply callous.

“They are depriving married couples of $227.71 and singles $148.14, and while this may not seem like much to the latte sipping elitists in Labour’s cabinet, for those struggling on just $383.22 a week for a married couple, it does make a difference.

“We will be taking this petition to the Speaker to ensure it is among the first considered when parliament resumes. This underpayment of our seniors simply must not be allowed to continue.

“This injustice will be rectified by New Zealand First following the election. It will be one of many changes seniors can look forward to through their support of our party. That is why we are the only choice for change for seniors,” said Mr Peters.


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