Australian Government and Retiring Age
July 29, 2009 7:06pm CST
So Australians have two choices at the polling booth and they both want to put the retirement age up...so I would like to put in a suggestion that all the politicians forego all their entitlements, freebies,lurks and perks,junkets,bonuses and fat payouts until they reach the same age they set to the Australian people....how many people are fit enough to work at the age of 70, OMG what are they thinking, we are going to make the people with onset of alzheimers and bad backs work out there when there isn't enough jobs for the rest...are people not entitled to have their last few years to enjoy. So they are actually wanting to make the elderly work so they don't have to pay pensions while at the other end they are paying the young healthy unemployment benefits....and at the same time taking all the benefits themselves even when they leave their Government positions...I really think it is time we pull these fat cats at the top in line...maybe we the people should not only vote for our leaders but the policies that we want...So we have two major parties and as far as I can see it is a case of dumb & dumber......greedy little self servers.... come back Pauline Hanson, maybe we would then have someone with a bit of a heart....
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30 Jul 09
lilaclady, I think your goverment and ours are just the same, our retireing age is 70 also and for women is 65 while young people are on benefits doing nothing and the older genreation is working a$$ off to pay for them, its unfair, older generation has worked since they were 15/16 and now I think they should be allow tio retire 60 and to enjoy their the few short live they have left, Bl**dy goverments. Tamara
30 Jul 09
yes I think it is disgusting....I couldn't imagine some people in their sixties doing some of the physical jobs out there...gees I hate politicians, in fact I think some of them might be too old to be making decisions...thank you for your response...much appreciated..
• United States
16 Aug 09
Personally I think this will always be one of the major complaints, but also here in the USA older people are being forced to continue to have to work due to the rising cost of Medicare, etc. and you see them having to support more of the younger generation who does not want to work, and wants Welfare to support them and their kids, or help support them. It does make you wonder though, and it would be awesome if Politicians everywhere had to live by the real world standards so then they might see more of what is really going on out here as well.
14 Aug 09
Hello my friend lilaclady Ji, I think Politicians do not require any funds as tehy get everything free. Thewre should not be any salaray/allowances for them. Next is retiring age, as a aretired persons wife, we always feel taht we have become old. The very feeling of 'retirement' sends such feelings to our brain and mind. I feel people should work upto the end, at the same time sufficient jbs should be created for young ones. There could many such jobs, where aged persons can pergform better, like giving experiences of their life. May god bless You and have a great time.
• Boise, Idaho
1 Aug 09
I hear what you are saying. People are livDumb and dumbering to an older age too. The age for retirement continually get older and older. I got an email once that showed all the things that congress gets paid for them. Plus the big bucks.
30 Jul 09
Hi lilaclady, I know next to nothing about politics in your country but I think raising the retirement age to 70 is ridiculous. It seems like your politicians are much like in other countries, they want the benefits for themselves. Isn't there anyone in government who opposes this? Blessings.
• United States
30 Jul 09
Hi, Lilaclady! I was really upset when the US retirement age wnt from 62 to 65, and even more when it went to 67. I love my job, but I'm getting a bit too old to keep up the energy and the hours required. If I took early retirement and it cause me to have less income after retirement, I couldn't possibly pay the bills. I think people who want to continue working, and I know many, should certainly do so, but many are like me -- very much ready to retire at 62 but unable to do so.