Blog: ECCV Forum on the Age Pension
Published, 1 October 2018
The Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) facilitated a forum on the age pension on 27 August 2018 at the Greek Orthodox Church in Coburg.
Key topics of discussion included:
- Cost of living pressures for pensioners
- The council rates for home owners
- The importance of collaboration between Federal, State, and local Government to respond to cost of living pressures of age pensioners.
ECCV presented its Discussion Paper on “Life in Retirement – the Age Pension from the Experience of Culturally Diverse Pensioners.” An ECCV policy analysis coupled with consultations with culturally diverse pensioners’ groups formed the basis of the Discussion Paper. The Discussion Paper was written by ECCV policy intern Ulfath Ibrahim. The Discussion Paper gives insights into the life of pensioners and how people struggle to make ends meet while living on the age pension.
The Australian Pensioner’s Voice highlighted how important it is that pensioner’s groups are made more aware of the Government’s policy changes on the age pension which has occurred over the years. Per Capita presented on their report of the “Adequacy of the Age Pension” and provided an overview on issues related to the Australian age pension system.
The Forum also included a panel discussion on creating an equitable aged pension system for migrants in Australia. The panel discussion was facilitated by ECCV Chairperson, Cr Kris Pavlidis. Panellists were:
- John Kostoulias, President, Federation of Greek Elderly Citizen’s Clubs of Melbourne and Victoria
- Marion Lau OAM, Convenor of the ECCV Aged Care Policy Sub-committee
- The Hon Peter Khalil MP, Federal Member for Wills
- Lew Wheeler, Executive Member, Fair Go for Pensioners (Inc.) Victoria.
More than 100 people attended the Forum. The event concluded with a lunch.
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ECCV Aged Care Policy Officer