The responsibility of a civilized society is to care for the elderly and the disabled and disadvantaged in Australia this has been managed through the Department of Social Security and it has been facing many cutbacks in recent decades as governments have been struggling to maintain the economy in a reasonable shape. The fixed income of recipients of welfare payments has been made life very difficult as the cost of rent and other utilities are increasing at greater rates than their payments. Often the choice between food or bills is a difficult one for some to make. It has been very unfair how their income has been squeezed smaller and smaller while the heads of departments are receiving massive wages. We need to find a balance so we do not make virtual beggars of our disadvantaged members of our communities.
Our welfare payments originally were funded by a 2.5% levy on income, however governments have consumed the funds that were being raised over the decades so that there are now no reserves left in the fund. We propose to re-establish a reserve fund and to protect it from government pilfering by placing the accounts with protection within the constitution as governments have proven they cannot be trusted not to interfere with funds collected for one purpose and using them for other purposes.
What will we do?
Examine carefully the true budget position with a view to increase conditions for pensionable people and other social security recipients;
Create a dedicated income stream to fund pensionable people and Social Security payments and to create a dedicated financial pool for these funds;
Have the funds protected via the constitution as governments have proved they are not to be trusted with pools of funds;
Require the Auditor General to annually report of the state of this and other funds;
When possible increase financial benefits and begin the roll back the income and asset test preventing pensionable people from getting a pension.
Examine the legal terms to the senior Public Servants retirement packages with a view to where possible reducing the excessive payouts and have any saved funds transferred into the Social Security funding pool;
Examine the legal terms to the retired Members of Parliament retirement packages with a view to where possible reducing the excessive payouts and have any saved funds transferred into the Social Security funding pool.
Demonstrate compassion towards the elderly and disadvantaged in our communities and prove that by effective and efficient assistance as needed.