News

Tony Abbott won't rule out changes to seniors' health card

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott has not ruled out potential changes to the seniors' health card, despite saying the government would stick to its "crystal clear" promise to keep raising income tests for the card.

The seniors' health card provides older Australians with discounts on GP visits, Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme-listed drugs and other medical benefits.

But media reports over the weekend speculated that the governments Commission of Audit had recommended changes to the card's criteria on income testing.

The Coalition promised during the election campaign it would index the card's income tests to inflation, a pledge Mr Abbott reiterated on Sunday.

He said the Coalition made an "absolutely crystal clear commitment" to index the eligibility criteria for the card, and the government would keep the pledge.

However he would not comment on any other potential changes being considered through the audit, saying only it "will be released at the right time".

Despite speculation the release of the audit commission's report was delayed by elections in Tasmania and South Australia this week, Mr Abbott would not be drawn on a possible release date for the 900-odd page documents.

Topics:  federal government, health, seniors, tony abbott


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Pony club pays tribute to Billie

YOUNG STAR: 12-year-old Billie Kinder. 
Photo contributed.

Former Whitsunday local 12-year-old Billie Kinder has died.

Christensen campaign signs defaced

FACE OFF: Federal member for Dawson George Christensen's campaign signs were targeted by vandals last night. 
Photo Rory Sheavils / The Guardian

Vandals last night defaced George Christensen's campaign signs.

Woman kicks and scratches police

An Airlie Beach woman has been charged after a vicious police assault.

Police have charged a woman following a violent attack.

Latest deals and offers

Tim Gilbert returns to Airlie with Today Show team

The Today Show's sports presenter, Tim Gilbert is excited to join the team on their visit to Airlie Beach tomorrow morning.

Pullen accused plead guilty to manslaughter

Timothy Pullen.

Men plead guilty to manslaughter in Mackay court

Pony club pays tribute to Billie

YOUNG STAR: 12-year-old Billie Kinder. 
Photo contributed.

Former Whitsunday local 12-year-old Billie Kinder has died.

Christensen campaign signs defaced

FACE OFF: Federal member for Dawson George Christensen's campaign signs were targeted by vandals last night. 
Photo Rory Sheavils / The Guardian

Vandals last night defaced George Christensen's campaign signs.

Woman kicks and scratches police

An Airlie Beach woman has been charged after a vicious police assault.

Police have charged a woman following a violent attack.

Man believed to be driving at 180km/h on Bruce Highway

Police have caught a man doing 146km/h on the Bruce Highway.

Police have caught a man doing allegedly driving at 180km/h.

Caitlyn Shadbolt, Sara Storer join Gympie Muster bill

Caitlyn Shadbolt performs at CMC Rocks in March 2016.

AWARD-winning singers star in third line-up announcement.

Bennett, Langer, Thurston and others talk Cam Smith

Broncos and former QLD coach Wayne Bennett.

Broncos and former QLD coach plus past and present players talk about Cameron...

Barnaby Joyce talks Johnny Depp's dogs in Tweed

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce talks about Johnny Depp's dogs Pistol and Boo...

Billy Slater talks Origin Team

Queensland Origin great Billy Slater.

Queensland Origin great Billy Slater talks about this years team and his return to...

Own Sunshine Coast property? You’re about to make money

UP AND UP: Property owners are likely to win from rent and price increases but tenants and first home buyers might not be so happy. Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily

Good new for property owners, not so good for buyers and tenants.

Sale nears on last large block of land in Coolum

The 43.37ha property on South Coolum Rd has sold.

South Coolum Rd property to be land banked