AGED, BABY BOOMERS & RETIREES

AGED, BABY BOOMERS & RETIREES

  • The Aged, Baby Boomers and Retirees – Many Baby Boomers are NOT asset or cash rich, as many would have us believe. They struggle to make ends meet and therefore can lose confidence, feel abandoned and see themselves as victims of a perceived unfair tax and social security system. They need our help finding work, starting new enterprises and transitioning to a safe and secure retirement without fear or anxiety. After everything they have given to society all their lives, they have earned and deserve support in their later years! 
  • Being a Baby Boomer myself, I have experienced, more than once, the work/unemployment/work cycle that so many other Baby Boomers have experienced and are still experiencing. Gone are the days when you can retire early and put your feet up. We are working longer and harder than ever!

“Many Baby Boomers are NOT asset or cash rich, as many would have us believe”

  • I have been employed full-time, part-time and as a casual; had two businesses of my own; been unemployed at various times; been a sole parent on minimum income; and am currently a casual Business trainer and assessor with TAFE NSW. So I know, understand and have experienced the ups and downs of the Baby Boomer journey in my own life. I want to use that experience to help Baby Boomers and the aged, through the political process, to gain the comfort and support that will help to give them purpose once more and prepare them for a comfortable retirement.
  • One of my businesses was the running of courses to help Baby Boomer job seekers turn themselves around, regain their lost self-esteem and prepare for work or to start their own businesses. They were wonderful people with fascinating stories. Many struggled with self-belief and we helped them to realise all that they had to offer to employers and society as a whole. They were full of stories, experience and wisdom which were being wasted on the dole queue. The turnaround in attitude and self-confidence was amazing. What a transition! It made me proud to have helped them help themselves.
  • Unfortunately, because of a change in government regulations, the funding for this vital course ceased. Courses to help Baby Boomers and other seniors prepare to re-enter the workforce should be re-introduced so that they can again feel they are contributing to society and realise their immense worth.
  • I put out a survey asking people “what are three things the federal government could do to make you happy?” Pensioners told me of their horror and fear of losing or reducing the effectiveness of their meagre pension payments and benefits because of changes to government policies and regulations.

        “Courses to help Baby Boomers…prepare to re-enter the workforce should be re-introduced so that they can again feel they are contributing to society and realise their immense worth”

  • We must stop social security abuse and help those most in need. Over 51% of the federal budget is spent on social security and health. This is unsustainable as the population ages. We must tighten up on those not deserving and give more to those in need. We must regain “balance” in our society and therefore the budget.

“We must stop social security abuse and help those most in need”

  • The recent “Panama Papers” regarding wealthy tax evaders not doing their part and contributing to our tax system, as well as the many TV investigations which expose and demonstrate how some individuals rort our Social Security system, are evidence of this abuse at all levels.
  • I want to stop the injustice and inadequacy in our system by using my vote in the Senate to positively influence legislation that affects the most vulnerable and needy.
  • Baby Boomers have a lifetime of experience and we should introduce a system where Baby Boomers can mentor and guide younger entrepreneurs and business owners as the owners start and establish their businesses. A system of mentoring similar to that used in the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) for people on benefits who wish to start a business and who receive government payments for the first year.      (See the page on “Small Business” for more on this).

Here is a government website supporting the advantages of hiring Baby Boomers and other mature-aged workers.  https://www.employment.gov.au/videos/mature-age-worker-brings-life-skills-care-options 

“…we should introduce a system where Baby Boomers can mentor and guide younger entrepreneurs and business owners as the owners start and establish their businesses”