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76-year-old bus driver says pension age hike okay with him

FOREVER YOUNG: Bruce Simpson, 76, looks forward to many more years in the driver’s seat. For Bruce, working and playing golf are the keys to making the most of the prime of his life.
FOREVER YOUNG: Bruce Simpson, 76, looks forward to many more years in the driver’s seat. For Bruce, working and playing golf are the keys to making the most of the prime of his life. Allan Reinikka Rokabruce

STOP bludging.

That's Bruce Simpson's blunt message to those who don't want the pension age to increase.

Bruce, 76, spends 15 hours a week driving a bus, and plenty more hours out on the golf course with his mates.

He said working kept him healthy, active and feeling young.

"I've done my bit, but I'm still doing what I enjoy," Bruce said.

"I do it because I want to."

When he retired six years ago, Bruce said he spent months doing nothing before deciding to head back to work.

"I felt I wasn't contributing," he said.

"I needed to do something."

Bruce said the biggest misconception among young people was that reaching pension age was the end of life.

"Life begins at 70," he said.

Bruce said if people led healthier lifestyles they, too, would be able to make the most of their 70s.

When it comes to finding a job, Bruce said there were plenty of opportunities out there for older Australians.

And he can't see himself stopping work any time soon.

"I've got a lot more to give yet," he said.

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