Newman Government fills Federal funding void on concessions

Member for Noosa Glen Elmes has welcomed an announcement by the Premier this morning that the Queensland Government will pick up the cost of the Federal Government decision to reduce pensioner payments for concessions.

Mr Elmes said the Federal Budget decision was an insult to pensioners who have helped build the great lifestyle we enjoy today, and the Federal Government should be ashamed.

“The Newman Government is a government which listens to Queenslanders, and we have heard from pensioners that they are unhappy with the Federal Government,” Mr Elmes said.

“The State Budget released this week included an additional $26 million for pensioner and seniors concessions, but that didn’t cover the full amount of the Federal Government cut.

“We can’t force the Federal Government to re-instate the concession funding, but we can step in to fill the gap left by the Federal Budget cut.

“The Queensland Government will now find the necessary extra funding to reinstate the full level of concessions for Queensland pensioners and seniors.”

Mr Elmes said the Newman Government acted because it could not stand by and see our pensioners and seniors have their standard of living compromised by increased costs for essentials like electricity, transport and council rates.