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Monday, 1 June 1998
Page: 4241

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives assembled in Parliament:

We the undersigned pensioners and citizens of Australia hereby call upon the Australian Government to cancel the current charges for entry into a nursing home by frail aged peoples of Australia and that a more equitable fee structure be formulated. We point out that over many years the Private Nursing Home Industry has distributed large profits to shareholders, neglecting the need to upgrade buildings and facilities. We further call upon the Government to publish the profits of the Private Nursing Home Industry, before tax, over the past five years.

Your petitioners therefore ask the House to direct the Government to provide a system that ensures the frail aged Australians be free from the stress and strains of the huge environmental changes of lifestyle in entering a nursing home and the uncer tainty of a better quality of life in their twilight years.

by Mr Bevis(from 60 citizens)