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Pensioners in Gilmore face cuts on New Year's Day

3480 PENSIONERS IN GILMORE FACE PENSION CUT ON NEW YEAR’S DAY A recent article in The Guardian shows that the Gilmore electorate is one of the most impacted electorates in Australia from the pension cuts. Fiona Phillips, Labor’s Spokesperson for Gilmore says around 3,480 local pensioners face significant cuts to their pension from New Year’s Day because of cuts made by Ms Sudmalis and the Turnbull Government. Around 2,500 pensioners in the Gilmore electorate will see an average cut to their pension of $130 a fortnight. A further 980 local pensioners will lose their pension entirely, leaving them on average worse off by $181 a fortnight. Mrs Phillips says Ms Sudmalis and Mr Turnbull are the Grinches who Stole Christmas for local pensioners. “Pensioners and families already face huge financial pressures this holiday season and the last thing they need is a cut to their pension. “Labor voted against this cut to pensioners in the Parliament and we will continue to fight for a fair go for pensioners.” “Cutting the pension shows how out of touch Ms Sudmalis, Mr Turnbull and the Liberals really are. They are taking money off pensioners at Christmas while trying to give a $50 billion handout to big business and the banks,” Mrs Phillips said. Pensioners who are concerned about how the Government’s changes to the pension assets test will affect them are urged to contact Centrelink Financial Information Services on 132 300. Media Release FIONA PHILLIPS LABOR SPOKESPERSON FOR GILMORE

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