Pensioners under stress as budget looms: Palmer

NEXT month's federal budget is worrying many Fairfax constituents, particularly those on aged pensions, Fairfax MP Clive Palmer says.

A series of softening up statements from Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey has put many pensioners under unnecessary and unwelcome stress with a string of the government's pre-election promises set to be broken in the coming weeks.

"My office in Maroochydore takes many calls from concerned pensioners who are worried about their ability to cope under the financial pressures the government is subjecting them to," Mr Palmer said.

"The government continually talks about their 'mandate' when it suits them, yet they are all too willing to break the promises that were key to their election platform.

"Tony Abbott promised 'no cuts to education, no cuts to health, no change to pensions, no changes to the GST and no cuts to the ABC or SBS'.

"It is clear to members of my electorate that these promises are about to be broken and there is a great deal of concern about that, especially among pensioners.

"It's about time governments kept their election promises and the Palmer United Party will do everything we can to ensure that happens," Mr Palmer said. 


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