Here at Fix Pension Poverty HQ, we're keenly aware that producing research evidence is not enough to convince the Government to change policy, we need to speak the language that politicians understand.
That's why we are organising on the ground campaigns in strategic electorates, building awareness support amongst local voters and, hopefully, recruiting supportive local MPs as part of the campaign to Fix Pension Poverty.
Advocacy Campaigner Joel Pringle with members of the Rotary Club of Maryborough - Sunrise
Although the public part of our campaign is still ramping up, we're already active in a number of towns and cities through Central Queensland and the Fraser Coast. Last week we were very happy to be hosted by groups in Hervey Bay and Maryborough, and to visit local community leaders.
We're preparing for a few days in Rockhampton next week, and planning is underway to follow up with a number of friends in Bundaberg soon.
This community organising, and involvement from local residents, is critical if we are going to convince the Government to implement the recommendations of The Adequacy of the Age Pension report, including:
- Increasing Rent Assistance for people on the Age Pension who are struggling to afford private rents
- Addressing out of pocket health costs by providing access to free dental care for people receiving the Age Pension
- Keeping people on the Age Pension connected to communications as more essential services are transferred online and the National Broadband Network increases costs
- Setting the rate of the Age Pension independently and based on evidence, rather than the politicking of the day
If you're a member of an organisation in one of these areas that might like to hear about the Fix Pension Poverty campaign, please get in touch. [email protected]