By far the biggest issue I have had in the past 18 months is lack of income.
A self funded retiree, I finalised my retirement plans 10 years prior to retiring in 2008.
The transition from work to retirement was easy. I simply stopped work and lived off my investments, still trading on a Tax File Number, not an ABN.
I have been living a comfortable life.
In March 2020 my income stopped, thanks to Covid.
As a 71 year old, I was ordered by the State Government to stay home, because I was vulnerable. .
So! I found myself in the situation where I had no income and no ability to go into the community to sell anything.
But the business bills, Council rates, Water rates and State Government fees didn’t stop.
I got no significantly useful direct help from the Government.
While reserve bank interest rates fell to emergency low levels, any money I could access retained stubbornly high interest rates. The Visa card at 19% and the Pensioner Loan is 4.5%.
Because I’m self funded, I do not qualify for a pensioner loan, so the time applying for that was wasted.
Fortunately I have been able to organise private funding, but to repay this I will have to sell my (potentially) income producing major asset if, or when, the market improves.
Ironically, by not paying me either the pension, or unemployment benefit, the Government is most likely relegating me to a pensioner for the remainder of my life.
Visa rates could have been forced down by emergency decree.
The Government could have made low interest rate loans available.
I am most disappointed the Governments could not comprehend that if incomes were stopped, if costs weren’t also stopped then income assistance needed to be given.