Mature Age Unemployment a Concern Ahead of By-Election

Mature age unemployment, pensions, the environment and the increasing level of drugs and crime were the key issues raised by over 50s at a Canning by-election forum in Mandurah.

More than 80 seniors gathered at the National Seniors’ election forum on Monday to ask Labor candidate Matt Keogh and Liberal candidate Andrew Hastie what their party will offer over 50s.

National Seniors chief executive Michael O’Neill said seniors made their demands clear.


“There was a consensus that mature age unemployment is a growing issue and that age discrimination is rampant,” O’Neill said.

“The backlash over changes to pensions has also been felt by seniors here and no doubt will influence their vote at the by-election.

“Safety and the increasing problems of drugs in the community, especially ice, is also a real worry for many seniors in the community.

“Both Labor and Liberal candidates agreed that tackling the drug problem in Armadale and Mandurah must be a priority along with support for rehabilitation programs.

“Other concerns from seniors were investment in renewable energy with many calling for a commitment to targets,” he said.

Labor candidate Matt Keogh outlined his plans for the electorate with jobs, infrastructure investment and a clear promise of no cuts to pensions.

Liberal candidate Andrew Hastie said the by-election was about fighting for locals and standing up for the electorate.

REF: National Seniors Australia September 18 2015