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The 2018 federal budget included some welcome initiatives for older Australians such as $105m in increased funding for aged care for indigenous peoples in remote areas, $33m extra for nursing home palliative care and a $23 million fund to support the development of physical activity programs for over 65s. This year’s Budget was said to have specifically targeted the older voter with its ‘more choices in later life’ package, but now the dust has settled, did it really warrant the ‘boomer budget’ label that pundits gave it? The first big win for older people in the budget is the expansion of the little-utilised Pensions Loan Scheme. The scheme works as a sort of reverse mortgage, enabling homeowners to receive a fortnightly payment through a loan from the government against the equity in their home. Currently available only to part-pensioners and self-funded retirees, the expanded scheme increases the amount available through the combined pension...