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What is happening in the world and how does it affect seniors? 


What will be the result of the American election? We will find out after Tuesday. God help America

Donald Trump – trumped the election



The Great Phar Lap, born in New Zealand was a true champion. A cake was made to celebrate his 90th Birthday at the Melbourne Museum. Born in New Zealand on October 4, 1926,



But between September 1929 and November 1932, he won 37 of 51 races, including the 1930 Melbourne Cup.

Museum curator Michael Reason said the story of Phar Lap’s rise to the top during hard times still held a special place in the hearts of Australians.

“It was sort of the right horse at the right time because it was the Great Depression and most people were doing it tough,” he said.

“It was a fairytale, feel-good story that people could follow and think of him as their champion.”

Visiting Phar Lap ‘a rite of passage’ for Victorian

extracts from an ABC article

Federal Election Result 

Mr Malcolm Turnball has been elected as Prime Minister with a minority government and Mr Bill Shorten has conceded defeat.


In Australia, it is compulsory to vote.

New Prime Minister installed – Mr Malcolm Turnbull

Canny Seniors sincerely wish our New Prime Minister good judgement, sound advice, strong leadership, solid decision making to lead our great country to  a stronger economy with compassion and understanding for the citizens of Australia

Respected former Victorian premier Joan Kirner passed away yesterday 1st June 2015.

Ms Kirner and her party lost the state election to Jeff Kennett.

Ms Kirner, Victoria’s premier from 1990 until 1992, was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer two years ago.

Ms Kirner was a school teacher and education activist before winning a seat as a Labor member in Victoria’s Upper House in 1982.

She later moved to the Lower House as member for Williamstown and began a series of education reforms, including the introduction of the Victorian Certificate of Education, aimed at reducing what she saw as class-based inequity.

When John Cain resigned in 1990, Ms Kirner became Victoria’s first female premier, but it was only two years before she was swept from office in a Coalition landslide.

Ms Kirner remained active in public affairs after her resignation from Parliament.

She will be remembered for her tireless work promoting women’s rights, conservation, and education, and her love of Essendon Football Club.

In 2012, Ms Kirner was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) for her work in advancing equality for women, and for her political achievements in the 1980s and 1990s.

She listed her greatest achievements as creating the land restoration network, Landcare, helping people with special needs and paving the way for women to enter Parliament.

Ms Kirner is survived by her husband Ron, children Michael, David, and Kate and their families.

In the statement, her family thanked “the wonderful doctors and staff at Peter [MacCallum Cancer Centre] for their kindness, tireless dedication and support”. ABC news

Joan Kirner aap

At the Australian Press Club – RIP


French Open – Tennis, Paris


Originating in 1891, the first French Open was famously won a British man, H. Briggs. However, a French player would go on to claim every French Open title until 1933 when Jack Crawford of Australia was able to snap the streak.

Women were ingratiated into the French Open in 1897 and also saw a similar French dominance in the earlier years. Recently, the French Open has become much more of an international tournament with Mary Pierce being the most recent French competitor to win the Women’s Singles title in 2000.

The stadium is named after Roland Garros, a famous French pilot during WWI. He was the first pilot to shoot down another aircraft in history. Roland Garros also escaped a POW camp during the war, but was eventually shot down and killed in 1918.

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Drug Court in Dandenong

Events in Bali with the two ringleaders being executed I think of the parents, grandparents, children and wives of drug users. Today there is an interesting article in the AGE regarding the Drug Court in Dandenong. Users are given a chance of rehabilitation run by a sole magistrate Tony Parsons. The program is a much better alternative than prison.

Two thirds of those on the program use heroin or ice with numbers increasing. The program is not easy consisting of:

  • drug tests 3 times a week
  • separate tests for alcohol
  • regular meetings with counsellors
  • a weekly assessment with Magistrate Tony Parson.

Hopefully other courts will institute this program.

Older workers face discrimination looking for work

The Abbot government want to change the law so over 55’s will have to apply for full-time work to receive Newstart allowance. Currently over 55’s are able to undertake volunteer work for 15 hours or work part time for 15 hours.

To state that baby boomers are retiring on the dole is ludicrous. When you go for a job ageism is rife and they always trot out the old chestnut “we have a young team here, how do you see yourself fitting in?” Years of  experience and on the j0b training count for nothing. In a workplace I worked at 75% of the people retrenched were over 40. They wanted to bring in a young, enthusiastic team with fresh ideas. Fresh ideas did not always suit long term clients who were 50+. They wanted timely problem resolution, understanding, knowledge of their business and respect.

We sure delivered that and more and more plus working unpaid overtime to meet the clients deadlines.


Anzac centenary: Thousands flock to Albany to mark historic departure of WWI fleet

Ceremonies started on Friday night with the main event being televised and broadcast by the ABC on Saturday 1st November 2014.


Albany, Western Australia

the first convoy of Australian troops

Albany pic


The first convoy of Australian troops heading off to WWI departed from Albany on WA’s south coast.

RSL state president Graham Edwards said it was a war that “ripped the heart and soul out of our young country”.

“So many men who left communities, that were never the same, so many men who came home but were never the same.”

Thousands of people have flooded into the WA coastal town of Albany to mark the departure of the first fleet of Anzac troops off to the battlefields of World War I.

At least 60,000 people, many with personal connections to the men and women who served in or were part of WWI, are expected to commemorate their sacrifice over the weekend 1 – 2nd November 2014 a hundred years later.

Ships gathered in sound before setting sail for war

Albany’s King George Sound was the gathering point for ships carrying Australian and New Zealand soldiers, before they set sail for the war on November 1.

Merchant ships departed Albany together with three cruisers – the HMA ships Melbourne and Sydney and the HMS Minotaur. They were later joined at sea by two ships carrying troops from South Australia and WA and escort Japanese cruiser the HIJMS Ibuki.

“No winners in war just sadness and loss”

 South Australian Governor appointed

WHEN Hieu Van Le’s leaky wooden boat chugged into Darwin Harbour on a misty dawn in 1977, a bloke in a tinny raised a beer and greeted him with “G’day mate — welcome to Australia”.

The Vietnamese community is a wonderful addition to our way of  life, enriching us with their friendship, food, sharing of culture, and generosity. Many Australians visit Vietnam every year and come home with glowing stories and happy times.

As one of the 2059 Vietnamese refugees to come to Australia by boat between 1976 and 1981, Mr Le said his elevation to governor sent a powerful message about the country’s “inclusive and egalitarian society”

Never to old to earn

Figures reported in MoneySaverHQ are

  • 150,000 age pensioners worked during the last 12 months
  • $18,000 is the average paid income of all age pensioners
  • $25,000 average paid income of age pensioners in first 12 months
  • 4.1% of all age pensioners undertake paid work
  • 11.5% of age pensioners undertake paid work in the first 12 months

“It is fair to say that there a lot of skills going to waste with the experience and knowledge of our older citizens”.


Lost Super

It has been reported that 18.2 billion dollars in super not claimed is in more than 6 million accounts

“that is a lot of hay”

Visit the Australian Taxation Office’s Superseeker website to see if you have any lost super

another useful website to check is

Access to Superannuation

It has been suggested in the news recently that access to superannuation could be changed from the age of 60. We will have to wait and see how this pans out!

Treasurer Joe Hockey has foreshadowed a rise in the age at which Australians can access their superannuation savings.

Appearing on ABC’s Q&A program, Mr Hockey confirmed that a change to the “preservation age” – currently 60 for people born after 1964, and 55 for those older than that – will be altered in the current term of government. ABC

How the Budget affects Pensioners extracted from ABC news Melbourne

Pensioners will be affected by a $7 co-payment to see a GP. This will be waived after 10 visits per year for concession card holders.

  • Commonwealth Seniors Health Card holders will lose the Seniors supplement, which currently sits at $876.20 per year for singles and $1,320.80 for couples.
  • Pensioners will also be hit by the return to indexing the fuel excise, with lower income earners spending a higher proportion of their income on petrol.
  • The Seniors Health Card will be harder to qualify for, with the untaxed superannuation of new applicants now counting toward the income test.
  • And the Commonwealth will dramatically cut its support for various state- and territory-based seniors’ concessions, eliminating $1.3 billion in spending.
  • The pension age will rise to 70, as foreshadowed before the budget, but not until 2035, and so will only affect Australians born after 1966. The youngest people to be affected by the gradual rise in pension age will be people born after 1 July 1952.


A personal viewpoint:

In the workplace they will have to put in ramps as our knees and backs are racked with arthritis. Next to the water cooler they will need a painkiller dispenser! Ageism is rife in the workplace just ask older Australians who have been retrenched three times and then try to get back to work. One remark I received was “We have a young team here, how do you see yourself fitting in”. Also work cover does not apply to people over 65 Oh dear! I am glad I am no longer working in a political hot bed called the workplace.

Most Australians want to live in harmony, sharing our different cultures, understanding, go freely about our daily lives and most importantly look after our families and see our children, grand children grow up to be worthwhile Australians.




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