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Labor can't and won't provide enough aged beds



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P A R L I A M E N T O F A U S T R A L I A

H O U S E O F R E P R E S E N T A T I V E S

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ACTING SHADOW COMMUNITY SERVICES MINISTER

MEDIA STATEMENT 88/3b

PETER McGAURAN M.P. FEDERAL NATIONAL PARTY MEMBER FOR GIPPSLAND ACTING SHADOW COMMUNITY SERVICES MINISTER

LABOR CAN'T AND WON'T PROVIDE ENOUGH AGED BEDS

The Aged Services Council has slammed the Hawke Labor Government for its miserly response to the aged care crisis.

Australia has a new endangered species - aged care beds.

Waiting lists for nursing homes and hostels are growing - it could be years before room is found for the 2,000 Victorians requiring accommodation.

Inflexibility in Labor's aged care system has discriminated against ethnic communities.

The Italian community, in a major report Helping Italians Help Their Own, has found there aren't enough aged care beds and certainly not enough which cater for the particular needs of its members.

Quality aged care can and should be provided efficiently for a reasonable cost.

There needs to be the right mix of public, community and private involvement.

Unfortunately for the thousands of Australians who require aged care, Labor frowns at private interests wanting to contribute to the development of the aged care system.

This is senseless but reflects Labor's bias for outdated ideology over what is best for the Australian people.

Money has to come from the private sector if our nursing homes are to have any hope of meeting the growing demand.

In Victoria the aged care crisis is complicated by the gross mismanagement and incompetence of the health system by the State Labor Government.

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CONTACT: PETER McGAURAN 051/446744 SALE 19/1/88