16 Sep 2021

Call for pension extensions for those stuck in Australia

From Nights, 8:20 pm on 16 September 2021

A few dozen New Zealand superannuitants who are stuck in Australia having travelled there during the travel bubble, are being told the Government is working through whether the bubble closing, that's left them in limbo, could have been foreseen. Because once you've been out of the country for more than seven months, you lose your pension.
The Associate Health Minister - Dr Ayesha Verrall told Checkpoint - government legal advice says payments beyond that seven months is only possible if it's not reasonably foreseeable and that wouldn't apply to the trans-Tasman bubble. Dr Verrall said the government is willing to see what can be done for people stuck in Australia, whose situation is really beyond their control.  The National Party's spokesperson for seniors, Ian McKelvie joins Bryan to discuss whether that's fair.

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Photo: RNZ / Samuel Rillstone