Getting ‘oldies' back to work

EMPLOYERS will receive up to $3250 for employing a jobseeker who is 50 or older if the Coalition is elected on August 21.

The employers will receive a payment of up to $250 a fortnight for up to six months for employing someone on a fulltime basis.

Member for Hinkler Paul Neville said the plan was a “perfect fit” for Hinkler.

“The median age of the Hinkler electorate is 42 and almost 20 per cent of residents are aged 65 and older,” he said.

“That means Hinkler has a higher age profile than almost any other electorate in the nation, and I know we have plenty of seniors who would like the chance to take on paid work that suits their lifestyle.”

Labor candidate for Hinkler Belinda McNeven said while the scheme appeared promising she was more concerned about what the services Coalition is looking to cut.

“I think that Tony Abbott and Paul Neville need to explain to Hinkler why they are about to cut vital services like health, computers in schools and the National Broadband Network,” she said.

“They keep coming up with these distractions and projects to take away from what they are planning to cut.”

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