Give With The One Hand And Take From The Other

Give With The One Hand And Take From The Other

South Australia Opposition Leader Isobel Redmond

Labor Slams Labor

Victor P Taffa

Labor Prime Minister, Julia Gillard has openly criticised the Rann Labor Government’s decision to break its commitment NOT to put up housing trust rent that would eat into the Federal Government’s $30 Pension increase.

“In 2009 the Federal Government gave single pensioners an increase in the base pension of up to $30 per week. They sought a commitment from all State Governments that the increase would not be included in a pensioner’s assessable income and all states, including South Australia, agreed.” Opposition Leader Isobel Redmond said today.

“The Rann Labor Government broke that promise in the September budget by raising public housing rents, absorbing the $30 increase and making South Australian pensioners some of the worst off in the nation.” Ms. Redmond said.

“This Broken Promise reaped $28 Million from SA Pensioners.”

On radio today Prime Minister Gillard slammed the Rann Labor Government:

“I can say to you that I am not at all happy with this decision by the South Australian Government… now of course we and pensioners who are in public housing are confronted with the news that the South Australian Government has changed its mind and is seeking to put rents up and to eat into this pension increase.  So I’m definitely saying to the Government of South Australia this is the wrong decision and they should immediately reconsider it.” (07/12/2010, 5AA)

Opposition Leader, Isobel Redmond said that Prime Minister Gillard’s Public criticism of the Rann Labor Government revealed Labor’s internal tensions were rife amongst State and Federal Labor.

“The Prime Minister has openly criticised the actions of the Rann Labor Government because they have allowed South Australia’s Pensioners to bear the brunt of their economic mismanagement.” Ms. Redmond said.

“The Rann Labor Government has broken its commitment to the Federal Government and to the South Australian public they cannot be trusted.”

“As an internal war wages in the Labor Party South Australians are the ones who are suffering.” Ms. Redmond said.