Seniors should be able to spend money on whatever they like

LIFE is no cruise when you're in your early 60s, Rockhampton's Jenny Coombe says.

The 61-year-old yesterday set her sights on Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss, saying he needed to get into the real world.

Mr Truss recently sparked a storm by suggesting too many seniors had been accessing their super from age 60 and squandering it on life's luxuries, such as holiday cruises, before moving onto the age pension.

Ms Coombe said she'd happily swap her pension for his any day.

"Shouldn't we be able to spend our money how we want to after all our years of hard work?" she asked.

Ms Coombe hasn't been in the best of health over the past few years and was recently placed on Centrelink's Newstart Allowance.

In order to receive the payments, she is required to do 15 hours of voluntary work a week.

However the grandmother of 12 said she felt she'd done her time and it was the unemployed youth who took financial assistance for granted that should be volunteering their time and actively seeking work.

"I've got nothing against the people that are genuinely looking for work; it's the people that have no intention of getting a job," she said.

"I feel it should be up to the younger generation, and having older people stay in the workforce until they're 70 doesn't open up a job for younger people either. We (the elderly) should be training them up with skills to take on our positions."

Ms Coombe says she wants to spend time with her family while she can after starting work at 15. Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said although she couldn't comment on Jenny's particular case, she was welcome to contact her office with any issues.



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