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Minister neglects senior Australians.



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Margaret May MP

Federal Member for McPherson Shadow Minister for Ageing

MEDIA RELEASE

2 June, 2009

MINISTER NEGLECTS SENIOR AUSTRALIANS

Shadow Minister for Ageing, Margaret May, has condemned Minister for Ageing, Justine Elliot, for neglecting Australia’s aged and frail.

“The Minister must stop neglecting Australia’s aged and frail and start providing the world-class care senior Australians deserve,” Shadow Minister for Ageing said today.

“There is no excuse for delaying the investigation into a vermin attack on an 89-year-old war veteran at a rural Queensland aged care home.

“This is a very serious failure of care,” said Mrs May.

Minister for Ageing, Justine Elliot, revealed in Parliament that her investigation into the attack did not begin until May 6 - one week after the Minister announced an investigation into the attack and nearly 2 weeks after the incident.

“The Minister must explain what happened between April 25 and May 6,” Mrs May said.

“It is inexcusable that an immediate investigation into the neglect was not Minister Elliot’s top priority.

“No Australian should be subject to the humiliation and suffering of such trauma, particularly our war veterans.

“Over 30 days have passed since the Minister ordered the investigation and still no answers,” said Mrs May.

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