Tax compo needs reassessment
MARK Munro can't afford to go out to dinner.
Since the Federal Government's carbon tax came into affect on July 1, the Gladstone retiree has lost his appetite.
"I really think there is a lot to be concerned about," Mr Munro said.
The long-term resident, who retired at 59, said the government hadn't thought out the carbon tax at all.
"They were forced into delivering the tax by the Greens and originally said they wouldn't put it in," Mr Munro said.
He also said the government needed to reassess what members of the community were receiving in the Household Assistance Package payments.
"I'm concerned about younger people being able to work and still get benefits from the government (because of the carbon tax), but pensioners can't work and are not getting enough from the benefits," he said.
But Mr Munro is more concerned about the fate of retirees over the age of 70, who didn't accumulate a healthy nest egg during their working years.
"If you look at people of my generation, as opposed to younger retirees, (superannuation) wasn't available to me halfway through my working life," he said.
"Maybe the government should provide benefits to those who missed out."