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    Today they have also introduced the following bill (called SOCIAL SERVICES AND OTHER LEGISLATION AMENDMENT (2014 BUDGET MEASURES NO. 2) BILL 2014)

    1. Implement the following changes to Australian Government payments:
    > from 1 January 2015 – pause indexation for three years of the income free areas and assets value limits for student payments, including the student income bank limits;
    > from 1 July 2017 – pause indexation for three years of the income and assets test free areas for all pensioners (other than parenting payment single) and the deeming thresholds for all income support payments;
    > from 20 September 2017 – ensure all pensions are indexed to the Consumer Price Index only, by removing:
    o benchmarking to Male Total Average Weekly Earnings;
    o indexation to the Pensioner and Beneficiary Living Cost Index;
    > from 20 September 2017 – reset the social security and veterans’ entitlements income test deeming thresholds to $30,000 for single income support recipients, $50,000 combined for pensioner couples, and $25,000 for a member of a couple other than a pensioner couple.

    2. Generally limit the overseas portability period for disability support pension to 28 days in a 12-month period from 1 January 2015.

    3. Exclude from the social security and veterans’ entitlements income test any payments made under the new Young Carer Bursary Programme from 1 January 2015.

    4. Include untaxed superannuation income in the assessment for the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (with products purchased before 1 January 2015 by existing cardholders exempt from the new arrangements), and extend from six to 19 weeks the portability period for cardholders.

    5. From 1 January 2015, remove relocation scholarship assistance for students relocating within and between major cities.

    6. Cease pensioner education supplement from 1 January 2015.

    7. Cease the education entry payment from 1 January 2015.

    8. From 1 January 2015, extend youth allowance (other) to 22 to 24 year olds in lieu of newstart allowance and sickness allowance.

    9. Require young people with full capacity to learn, earn or Work for the Dole from 1 January 2015.

    10. Implement the following family payment reforms from 1 July 2015:
    > limit the family tax benefit Part A large family supplement to families with four or more children;
    > remove the family tax benefit Part A per-child add-on to the higher income free area for each additional child after the first;
    > revise the family tax benefit end-of-year supplements to their original values and cease indexation;
    > improve targeting of family tax benefit Part B by reducing the primary earner income limit from $150,000 a year to $100,000 a year;
    > limit family tax benefit Part B to families with children under six years of age, with transitional arrangements applying to current recipients with
    children above the new age limit for two years; and
    > introduce a new allowance for single parents on the maximum rate of
    family tax benefit Part A for each child aged six to 12 years inclusive, and not receiving family tax benefit Part B.

    11. Increase the qualifying age for age pension, and the non-veteran pension age, to 70, increasing by six months every two years and starting on 1 July 2025.

    12. From 1 January 2015, remove the three months’ backdating of disability pension under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986.

    Read more details here
    http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/...lication%2Fpdf
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    Hmmm the FTB B stuff is being heard. Really hope it's blocked. We will only lose $50, we don't get the full amount, but the poorest are going to be deeply affected by this

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    @delirium they plan to freeze the income threshold for the childcare benefit and freeze the childcare rebate cap of $7,500 per year

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExcuseMyFrench View Post
    @delirium they plan to freeze the income threshold for the childcare benefit and freeze the childcare rebate cap of $7,500 per year
    ahhh I see, thanks for clarifying. That sucks do not support that, particularly for CCR. Women need to have an incentive to work, and not allowing indexes in line with inflation with CC fee rises is going to eat into family's incomes.

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    and it's been frozen for a while too it was supposed to be a temporary measure and here they are, voting an extra 3 years freeze.

    Very disappointed with labor attitude

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExcuseMyFrench View Post

    Very disappointed with labor attitude
    Yeah, same. This should not be let through, nor the FTB B. And low income families are not only dealing with the loss of FTB B, but their payments frozen too. Rent has skyrocketed the last decade, yet payments do not keep in line.

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    Childcare bill made it through House of Representatives an is on it's way to senate. might be stopped there.

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