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Coalition launches 'Engaging with Senior Australians' initiative.



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Federal Member for Wannon

Hamilton Office 190 Gray St, HAMILTON VIC 3300 Warrnambool Office 73 Kepler St WARRNAMBOOL VIC 3280 Freecall 1300 131 692 E David.Hawker.MP@aph.gov.au W www.davidhawker.com.au

Federal Member for Wannon

6 August 2009

COALITION LAUNCHES ‘ENGAGING WITH SENIOR AUSTRALIANS’ INITIATIVE

The Federal Coalition has launched its ‘Engaging with Senior Australians’ initiative to hear from Senior Australians on what’s important.

“This is a very important and exciting initiative that will provide senior Australians with a real opportunity to have their voices heard on the issues that matter to them,” Federal Member for Wannon David Hawker said today.

“Tapping into the wisdom, knowledge and experience of senior Australians is the key to ensuring seniors policy best reflects the needs of this important age group.

“Senior Australians have made our great nation what it is today and continue to have a range of ideas on how to best move forward.

“There are over 20,000 people aged over 65 in Western Victoria, and I want to hear from each one of them.

“We particularly encourage input from senior Australians on how to best deliver world-class aged care services, aged pensions, social inclusion, health services and retirement incomes.

“This input is particularly important locally as our senior population is projected to double in the next 25 years.

Mr Hawker said the Coalition has also launched a webpage inviting senior Australians to submit their ideas on how we can continue to best move forward.

The webpage can be found at www.liberal.org.au/seniors

“The Coalition recognises the important contribution senior Australians have made, and continue to make, and we want to hear from all senior Australians,” Mr Hawker said.

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