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You won't win by telling whoppers, Mr Staples



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SENATOR JOCELYN NEWMAN SHADOW MINISTER FOR THE AGED AND VETERANS' AFFAIRS

YOU WON'T WIN BY TE LiNG WHOPPERS, MR STAPLES

When Mr Peter Staples, Member for Jagajaga, loses his seat on 13 March, he will be well placed to start his new career in fiction-writing.

Although he has obviously obtained a copy of the Coalition's National Strategy for Older Australians, he has re-written his own version in a fanciful press release which bears no relation to reality.

Tell the truth and shame the devil, Mr Staples!

The Coalition will

* focus on respite care

* focus on dementia care

* ensure a better integration of residential and home care

* ensure maintenance of high standards of aged care without a heavy bureaucratic load on nursing homes and hostels

Even Senator Barney Cooney, who was sent by Mr Staples to debate aged care issues in Victoria recently, acknowledged that there are serious defects in the way residential aged care programs are administered under Labor. He said:

'The Government has to think more and more about the way the programs are administered. I will speak to the Minister as soon as I am able to get hold of him'.

He obviously hasn't got to Mr Staples yet. Labor's policy for older Australians was desperately thin. More rhetoric. No change.

So Mr Staples wrote his own version of ours.

Older Australians have enough worries at the moment without Labor adding to them by telling whoppers. Shame on you, Mr Staples!

Canberra, 25 February 1993 Inquiries: (003) 44 8286 COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY LIBRARY MICAH