Letter to the Editor - August 5: End to Age of Entitlement

I ABSOLUTELY agree - if a pension isn't an entitlement, neither is a politician's pension.

They keep telling us that paying us an aged pension isn't sustainable.

Paying politicians all the perks they get is even less sustainable.

Proposals to make politicians shoulder their share of the weight now that the Age of Entitlement is over:

1. Scrap political pensions.

Politicians can purchase their own retirement plan, just as most other working Australians are expected to do.

2. Retired politicians (past, present and future) participate in Centrelink.

A politician collects a substantial salary while in office but should receive no salary when they're out of office. Terminated politicians under 70 can go and get a job or apply for Centrelink unemployment benefits like ordinary Australians. Terminated politicians under 70 can negotiate with Centrelink like the rest of the Australian people.

3. Funds already allocated to the politicians' retirement fund are returned immediately to consolidated revenue.

This money is to be used to pay down debt they created which they expect us and our grandchildren to repay for them.

4. Politicians will no longer vote themselves a pay rise. Politicians' pay will rise by the lower of either the CPI or 3%.

5. Politicians lose their privileged health care system and participate in the same health care system as ordinary Australian people.

That is, politicians either pay for private cover from their own funds or accept ordinary Medicare.

6. Politicians must equally abide by all laws they impose on the Australian people.

7. All contracts with past and present politicians' men/women are void as of June 30.

The Australian people did not agree to provide perks to politicians. That burden was thrust upon them.

Politicians devised all these contracts to benefit themselves.

Serving in Parliament is an honour, not a career.

The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so our politicians should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.

This is how you fix Parliament and help bring fairness back to this country.

Dr Dale Kerwin



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