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Monday, 23 November 1998
Page: 353

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

This petition of certain residents of the State of New South Wales notes with concern the impact of the policy of charging entry fees—often necessitating the sale of the family home—for people needing nursing home care. Furthermore, the petitioners note with concern the impact of the policy of charging residents of aged care facilities an extra daily fee which provides no additional benefit to the resident and is nothing more than a disguised tax.

Your petitioners therefore request that the House of Representatives act to ensure that nursing home care is equally available to all who need it and further that the family home is exempted from any asset test relating to payment for such care.

And your petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray.

by Mr Leo McLeay(from 18 citizens)