Shadow Minister for Seniors Bronwyn Bishop listens to concerns at a forum in Gracemere.
Shadow Minister for Seniors Bronwyn Bishop listens to concerns at a forum in Gracemere. Chris Ison

Retirement villages on the agenda

BRONWYN Bishop yesterday raised the prospect of more retirement villages for CQ pensioners as a buoyant resources sector drove up house rental prices.

The shadow Minister for Seniors was in Gracemere, where she met a group of about 25 pensioners and seniors.

Asked how the Federal Coalition would support pensioners faced by rising rents in Central Queensland communities, Ms Bishop spoke about retirement villages.

It wasn't something she or, it appears, the Opposition was throwing its weight of support behind at the moment - but it was a topic that had been raised as Ms Bishop toured different parts of Australia meeting seniors.

Ms Bishop said the Coalition would look at many options to support seniors if it was in power. But the biggest support it could promise was dismantling the carbon tax.

Ms Bishop said the constant feedback from pensioners consisted of concerns about the rising cost of living.

"We are aware the carbon tax will make this even worse," she said.

"This tax will affect the cost of everything."

She said rising living costs, such as electricity prices, were hurting many elderly.

Ms Bishop also congratulated new Premier Campbell Newman on his election victory.

Mr Newman yesterday vowed to bring down the cost of living.

He said that, over the next few weeks, he would announce a reintroduction of the $7000 stamp duty concession on homes, freeze vehicle registration and reform water and electricity prices.



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