The March of the Older Voter

The generational contest between older voters and the rest, and the demographics favour the older voters with the boomer bulge ramping up. 

As older voters become a larger and more powerful voting bloc, they are also becoming more organised. According to some, they decided the last election. Mike Seccombe on how this group is influencing policy and entrenching inequality.


Tell me when the next march takes place and I'll be there. The time for a revolution is now while we still have our strength.


ABE, you might want to check out the group mentioned in the podcast National Seniors Australia as they seem to be the recognised the lobby group for this cohort. I will leave it to you to judge whether they are successful advocates at representing your views and influencing government policy. 

Disclosure: I am not a member of National Seniors

Thanks Farside, will check it out!

NSA sound like an organization that wants to take money off seniors.... cannot see any good coming from giving them money.

Have checked it out Farside and they're not gettng my money, rather buy a bottle of Margaret River red!



NSA costs $45 per year single membership.

No  I am not a member yet, but like all investments, I will check them out and see if I will get a good return on my $45.

And, I will see how much influence I would have with them. If organisations like this are supported, they can be very helpful!


I'd sooner buy a 2 dozen Lottery tickets with my $45.

If you do join, let us know of the benefits ... I fail to see them after looking at the web page.

and this view is symptomatic of the difficulty with trying to bring retirees together to promote a unified agenda ... is it the $45, because this is not a lot in terms of membership subscriptions.

In my time on the forum, there have been 2 members who attempted to go into politics to support the Senior's cause with little support  our members.

Unfortunately, senior's seem to be rather rusted on in their views and the way they vote.... like they have voted the same way for many, many years which the politicians know.

So highly unlikely to improve the Senior's lot.

Since the Hawke and Keating era, the only retirement interest that pollies have is their own.


Suze there can be little argument that senior's have historically been rusted on in the way they vote, and it's hard to see why this will change any time soon. It surprises me so many of the generation that gave us all the social upheaval of the 60s and 70s have lost their voices now they have retired. If only they realised they now have the numbers and the time on their hands to influence change. It seems many prefer to hang on to the aspirations of the war generation and align with the elites even when this is not in their interest. There is little incentive for pollies to make retirement policy a high priority when this is not front of mind for the community, many who are not aware of groups like Senior Australia or sites like YLC. 

There you are Farside

So little interest ...the older voter must be doing really well ???

All happy with their lot in life.

Clearly no bites from the older cohort Suze. I am guessing there are possibly fewer boomers on here than their parents, which goes someway to explaining some of the intolerance and general grumpiness.  That said the pensioners and poverty-stricken SFRs might have accepted their lot and begun preparing for the hereafter persuaded by Matthew 24: "Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”'

As you say "All happy with their lot in life."


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