Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

I See Your Pain Mr Mills, but Something Has to Give: Landry

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

I See Your Pain Mr Mills, but Something Has to Give: Landry

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MEMBER for Capricornia Michelle Landry agrees with David Mills that it's not easy living on a pension.

She was responding to his plight (see above) as he wonders how he'll survive on such a meagre fortnightly increase.

"The Disability Support Pension is no lavish payment and no one is pretending that it is not hard to juggle household costs every fortnight,'' Ms Landry said late yesterday.

"It's important that the government offers what support that we can to provide for those who can't support themselves.

"But it is not an easy task. Despite people's expectations of endless free payments, the government does not have an endless bucket of money, no matter how much we would like to provide recipients with higher pensions."

Ms Landry said the Disability Support Pension increased twice a year but people like Mr Mills, on a full Disability Support Pension, would continue to receive the energy supplement (the bonus payment provided to pensioners to off-set the cost of the carbon tax on their utility bills). …

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