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Tuesday, 18 November 1997
Page: 8969

To the Honourable the President and Members of the Senate in Parliament assembled:

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. 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 Senate to direct the Government to provide a system that ensures that frail aged Australians be free from the stress and strains of the huge environmental changes of lifestyle in entering a nursing home and the uncertainty of a better quality of life in their twilight years. And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.