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PM fires Twitter tirade over pension story


Malcolm Turnbull has launched a Trump-like Twitter tirade in a response to a report the government will scrap concession cards and welfare payments in the May budget, saying it's "false" and he "outright" rejects it.

In a series of four tweets the prime minister slapped down the report in News Limited newspapers on Sunday which said the government was looking to scrap all welfare payments below $20.02 a fortnight, a change targeted at aged pensioners.

"I can assure all aged pensioners the measure reported will NOT be in the budget," Mr Turnbull tweeted.

In another tweet he said he had assured the author of the story this was the case, "but she insisted on writing the story".

He also attacked the opposition leader saying: "And sadly, I can assure you that you can always rely on Bill Shorten to lie".

Social Services Minister Christian Porter said the newspaper article, which cited a departmental document, is "wrong".

"Such a proposal would not be fair to pensioners and any such measure will NOT be in the budget," Mr Porter said in a statement.

He said the proposal referred to in the article was nothing more than a suggestion put forward by a department and immediately rejected by the government, as the journalist responsible for the article was advised.