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Budget 2018: Minister admits new home care packages won't be enough to fix aged care crisis



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JULIE COLLINS MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR AGEING AND MENTAL HEALTH MEMBER FOR FRANKLIN

MINISTER ADMITS NEW HOME CARE PACKAGES WON’T BE ENOUGH TO FIX AGED CARE CRISIS

The Minister for Aged Care has been forced to admit what we already knew - the home care packages announced in last week’s Budget won’t come close to solving Australia’s aged care crisis.

Responding to whether the new home care packages announced in the Budget would be enough to solve the crisis, the Minister could only say that the Turnbull Government would have to consider new measures.

“It will be the status quo for a short period of time and then we will start to look at a range of other interventions that will reduce that list.”

- MINISTER FOR AGED CARE KEN WYATT, SKY NEWS, 15 MAY 2018

There are 105,000 older Australians currently on the waiting list for a home care package, why weren’t these ‘other interventions’ in the Budget?

This is not good enough. The average wait for the highest levels of home care is currently more than a year.

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

On top of this failure, the Turnbull Government is slashing residential aged 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.

Malcolm Turnbull and the Minister for Aged Care should be honest with older Australians. They are robbing Peter to pay Paul and it won’t even be enough.

The Government needs to apologise for overpromising and under delivering for older Australians.

TUESDAY, 15 MAY 2018

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Authorised by Noah Carroll ALP Canberra