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Budget 2018: Turnbull's aged care con job begins unravelling



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JULIE COLLINS MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR AGEING AND MENTAL HEALTH MEMBER FOR FRANKLIN

TURNBULL’S AGED CARE CON JOB BEGINS UNRAVELLING

The fine print of Malcolm Turnbull’s Budget has revealed the brazen hoax at the centre of its aged care plan - it is slashing residential care to try and fix the home care crisis.

In fact - there is no new money at all in the Budget for the funding of home care and residential aged care.

More than 21,000 residential aged care places will be cut over the next three years to pay for the small increase to the number of home care packages.

Malcolm Turnbull is robbing Peter to pay Paul. But what’s worse, the Government’s con won’t even come close to helping solve the crisis in home care.

3,500 places a year isn’t even enough to keep pace with demand - the waiting list grew by 20,000 in the last six months of 2017 alone.

There are 105,000 older Australians currently on the waiting list for a home care package - including almost 80,000 older Australians needing the most support to stay in their homes.

At the same time as it is slashing residential aged care, the Turnbull Government has locked in a big business tax handout of $80 billion, including $17 billion to the big banks.

The Government needs to apologise for overpromising, under delivering and failing older Australians yet again.

THURSDAY, 10 MAY 2018

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Authorised by Noah Carroll ALP Canberra