A fair go for grey army

Article by Adrian Lowe & Cheyanne Enciso courtesy of the West Australian.

¬†Time to let pensioners like George work more Pensioner George Gibson wants to work more to keep the country growing, but he also doesn’t think he should be penalised for doing so.

At a time when Australia is desperate for workers, industry groups agree it’s absurd a “grey army” of employees like the 71-year-old are being held back by outdated rules that mean they can only earn $300 a fortnight before their government payments are reduced.

It comes as Opposition Leader Peter Dutton pushes for the threshold to be raised to $600 – an idea championed by mining billionaire Gina Rinehart. National Seniors Australia says 19 per cent of pensioners want to return to work.