LOCAL Federal MP Luke Hartsuyker has been accused of letting down local pensioners.
Assistant Treasurer David Bradbury said that Mr Hartsuyker voted against an increase in payments and assistance for the 33,100 local pensioners in the Cowper electorate.
Mr Bradbury told Parliament this week that Mr Hartsuyker had voted against an increase in payments and assistance to pensioners.
"Pensioners on the Mid North Coast were looking to Mr Hartsuyker to stand up for them in the Federal Parliament," Mr Bradbury said.
"Instead, he has turned his back on them.
"Not only did he vote against an increase in payments and assistance for pensioners but Mr Hartsuyker and his Coalition colleagues will rip these payments away from pensioners if they are elected."
On Monday pensioners started to receive upfront household assistance payments of $250 for singles or $380 for couples combined.
Mr Bradbury added that the increases in pension payments made since the Labor Government was elected will be reduced or possibly even stopped by Mr Hartsuyker and his colleagues if elected.
"The Gillard Government is committed to providing assistance to pensioners but all Mr Hartsuyker is interested in is ripping these payments away if he and his Coalition colleagues are elected to Government," he said.