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Jim Carlton, new shadow minister for the aged declares an interest



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■M edia R elease· Jim CarltonSHADOW MINISTER FOR THE AGE! JIM CARLTON, NEW SHADOW MINISTER FOR THE AGED DECLARES AN INTEREST

When John Hewson appointed Jim Carlton to the Aged portfolio, Carlton felt obliged to declare an interest.

At 57, Jim Carlton is the oldest - 'most senior', he prefers - member of the Shadow Cabinet.

The new Father of the Shadow Cabinet is not abashed by his greater age. Indeed, he recalls others who attained higher ranks a lot later in life.

Churchill became Prime Minister of Britain at the grand age of 66; de Gaulle was elected President of France at 68; Ronald Reagan, President of the United States, at 69. Golda Meir and Konrad Adenauer rose to great heights in their seventies.

From an early age Carlton has been involved with care of the aged. He recalls helping care for his grandmother and her two sisters, all of whom lived to 95 or more without having to be admitted to a nursing home.

He also admits that the older he gets, the greater understanding he has of the relevance of the Coalition's policies for pensioners and self-funded retirees.

Just as John Hewson listened to his pensioner dad, and Jim Carlton listened to his pensioner mum, -when Fightback! for pensioners and self-funded retirees was being developed, Carlton will be listening to those who have done their bit for Australia,

its senior citizens.

He will be explaining the benefits of the Fightback! plan for Australia's recovery not only for retirees, but for their families - their children and grandchildren.

Mr Carlton said that one of the top priorities in designing Fightbackl was to ensure that elderly citizens would be protected from the effects of essential change.

The prime objective was to over-compensate for the cost effects of substituting a goods and service tax for seven hidden taxes.

The Coalition believes that Australia's aged are a special group. They have worked hard for their country. They have weathered the depression, fought proudly under Australia's flag in the Second World War, and rebuilt Australia after the war.

In retirement they deserve as much assistance as possible to help them live in security and with dignity. .......... —

COMMONWEALTH PA RLIA M ENTARY LIBRARY MICAH

Canberra, 4 June 1992 Inquiries: Jim Carlton (Ub)277 4152.

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