Older Australians doing it tough: CSS

Older Australians are facing mounting pressures due to the cost of living, Catholic Social Services (CSS) Australia says.

Speaking at the Senate Community Affairs Committee in Brisbane recently, CSS Director Frank Quinlan said that substantial reform is needed to offer many older Australians a "dignified" life.

"Government must ensure that all older Australians have adequate income security, are able to enjoy the fullest possible participation in the community, are accorded respect for their contributions to society and can access adequate and affordable social services," Mr Quinlan said.

Mr Quinlan added CSS recommendations on climate change are based on the notion that older Australians on low incomes should not bear a disproportionate share of costs associated with it.

As for, superannuation, Mr Quinlan said the concern is that if greater attention is not devoted to the question of equity in retirement incomes, there will be "unconscionable disparities in the levels of income, societal participation and dignity among different segments of our older citizens.

Senate Community Affairs Committee Inquiry into the Cost of Living Pressures on Older Australians Public Hearing (08/02/08)

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11 Feb 2008