‘‘SMOKING’’ Joe Hockey has reaped what he sowed in previous years as the greatest Treasurer who set foot on this planet.
How, one may ask? Very simple. If one took the time to examine the last budget in more detail regarding dependent spouse rebate, the trickery becomes obvious.
I was on a disability support pension for various medical reasons and had been for many years.
Lung cancer, quadruple by-pass surgery, chronic kidney failure. I was advised that it would be better to go on to the age pension – to get the same benefits, etc.
In previous tax years, my wife was able to claim the spouse rebate in tax returns. But what did Smoking Joe’s manipulation in the last budget do?
Abolished the spouse rebate beginning July 2014.
This is supposed to be anti-poverty week. I would say this is ‘‘bash the pensioners and low income families week’’.