Tea, cake and national media

QUESTIONS: Carol Bellwood, Lorna Erwin and Lisa Chesters at Ms Erwin's home.

QUESTIONS: Carol Bellwood, Lorna Erwin and Lisa Chesters at Ms Erwin's home.

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LORNA Erwin's humble Wattle Street home became the scene of a live press conference on Tuesday. 

But despite hosting Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, local member Lisa Chesters, seven pensioners and several journalists, the ALP member said she wasn't too fussed. 

"I'm quite used to that," she said. 

Ms Erwin, aged in her 70s, has had a long association with politics and worked for retired Member for Bendigo Steve Gibbons. 

She said she was used to hosting members of parliament and regular party members. 

Mr Shorten spoke to the pensioners about their concerns with the aged pension and the impact of possible changes. 

Carol Bellwood, 69, said she feared any changes. 

"I wouldn't want to lose any of that pension or (have) rates go up further," she said. 

Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters said she regularly heard similar stories from people in the community.

"You can't have a situation where costs continue to increase, the basics increase and the pension doesn't keep up with that," she said. 

She said elderly people were becoming increasingly nervous close to pension day. 

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