Keep work­ing to 70

Would you work un­til you are 70?

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

THE dream of spend­ing life’s twi­light years re­lax­ing could be dashed if the re­tire­ment age is lifted.

There is on­go­ing spec­u­la­tion the Ab­bott govern­ment will raise the re­tire­ment age from 67 to 70.

While the govern­ment is yet to con­firm spe­cific changes, the pres­sure is on to find sav­ings in the budget.

Trea­surer Joe Hockey said rais­ing the pen­sion age was wor­thy of con­sid­er­a­tion and pre­dicted govern­ment spend­ing on the age pen­sion would in­crease to $93 bil­lion by 2030.

The change could come into ef­fect from 2029 and af­fect ev­ery worker born since 1959.

John Burns works as a lines­man and said he would have to be ex­tremely fit to con­tinue do­ing his job at 70.

Barry Gle­ich I couldn't. Who is go­ing to em­ploy you? All your good en­ergy is gone.

He would like to re­main ac­tive un­til he is 70, but dreaded the thought of still be­ing at work.

“I’m 52 and I’ve just

Steph Wag­ner It de­pends a lot on what job you had; a labourer couldn't work to 70.

no­ticed that when I do a hard day’s work, aches and pains are start­ing to come out,” he said.

“Imag­ine me climb­ing

Donna McI­nally Yes, I would be happy to work un­til 70. I re­ally en­joy what I do.

poles at 70, putting the lad­der up and then climb­ing it and putting wires up and great big cross arms — I don’t

Kim Mundt I don't par­tic­u­larly want to, but if I don't have a choice I will do it.

freak­ing think so.”

Mr Burns said it would be dif­fer­ent if some­one was work­ing in an of­fice or in a less phys­i­cal job.

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