National Seniors Zone secretary Dawn Wagland with Zone Chair Hazel Gillies.
National Seniors Zone secretary Dawn Wagland with Zone Chair Hazel Gillies. Molly Glassey

Seniors are lifters, not leaners

NATIONAL Seniors Australia CEO Michael O’Neil revealed research saying seniors contribute $64 billion a year to the economy.

The research was conducted part of the National Seniors Silver Dollar Project.

“We call what we spend the silver dollar,” Mr O’Neil said.

“Just look at your hair.”

Mr O’Neil said the research was done in reaction to Joe Hockey’s claim older Australians were “leaners, rather than lifters.”

“It’s about us being able to respond to arguments and claims that older Australians are a drag on the rest of society,” Mr O’Neil said.

“Our response at the time was to find out how much older Australians contribute to volunteering and care and mature age employment.”



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