Means Test For Set Top Box Is A Bit Mean

Means Test For Set Top Box Is A Bit Mean

Victoria Minister for Housing Wendy Lovell

Gillard Government Fails To Make Vulnerable Pensioners Digital Ready

Victor P Taffa

The Gillard Government has failed the most vulnerable Victorians by not including them in its Digital Switchover Household Assistance Scheme.

The Federal Government will supply and install a set top box and make external cabling and antenna system changes for homeowners, but is neglecting those who are not financially able to buy their own home.

“The Federal Labor Government claims the scheme will cater for the most vulnerable and needy pensioners, however those living in rental properties are excluded from receiving the aerial and cabling upgrades which may be needed to make the set top boxes work.” Victorian Housing Minister Wendy Lovell said.

“The switch to digital television is a Federal responsibility, and as such, the Gillard Government needs to make sure the most vulnerable Australians are not cut off when the analogue signal is gone.”

“Julia Gillard and her Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Stephen Conroy get a fail on communication.” Ms. Lovell said.

“Senator Conroy is misleading pensioners by telling them the Federal Government will make their homes digital ready, when in fact the Commonwealth won’t fund cabling and aerials for those who are renting.”

“In a further failure on communication the Federal Government has not liaised with the State on Victorian Residential Tenancies law to establish who is responsible for the installation of television aerials.”

“As with pink batts and the Building the Education Revolution programs, the Federal Government has once again failed to fully consider the practical implementation of its policy.” Ms. Lovell said.