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Minister for inaction must sacrifice favourite door-stop.



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M Margaret May MP

Federal Member for McPherson Shadow Minister for Ageing

MEDIA RELEASE

19 February, 2009

MINISTER FOR INACTION MUST SACRIFICE FAVOURITE DOOR-STOP

Despite the Rudd government being handed The National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission Interim Report (the report) in December last year and publicly releasing the report days ago, the Minister for Inaction Justine Elliot MP, is showing no signs of having read the report.

“I’m not sure whether the Minister is aware that Chapter 6 (Increasing choice in Aged Care) in the Report exists,” Shadow Minister for Ageing Margaret May said today.

“The Minister for Inaction needs to stop using the Report as a door-stop.

“She needs to sacrifice her favourite door stop, pick it up, open it and have a read.

“The Aged care sector is hitting situation critical and it is about time the Minister for Inaction addressed the crisis.

“The Office of Inaction owes all those with an interest in aged care a comprehensive response to the Report’s recommendations.

“Amongst other changes, the Report proposes deregulating the aged care system and consolidating aged care under the Commonwealth.

“Given the impact the suggested changes would have on the industry, stakeholders deserve a comprehensive response.

“However, this is typical of the Minister for Inaction’s ‘do nothing’ attitude.

“When will the Minister assure the industry that she is listening and acting?

“The aged care system is in crisis, and providers and older Australians alike are seeking certainty in order to plan for the future.

“It is clear that the Minister is not interested in the aged care industry or the difficulties they are facing.

“How can we possibly have a sustainable aged care industry when the Minister is refusing to sacrifice her favourite door-stop,” asked Mrs May.

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