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Labor still doesn’t care about aged care.



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Media Release

The Hon Julie Bishop MP Minister for Ageing

13 May 2004 JB068/04

Labor still doesn’t care about aged care

Labor has tonight proved once again that when it comes to older Australians and their carers, they just don’t care.

Not once in his Budget In Reply speech did the Labor Leader mention aged care. He has forgotten older Australians.

Not a single commitment to care and support for aged care residents, carers, families, nurses and providers.

Not a single dollar towards high quality care or more aged care places.

Not a single Labor idea, vision or policy for aged care.

In its 13 years of Government Labor neglected aged care, left office with a 10,000 aged care place shortage, failed to introduce national legislated care standards and refused to act when an independent report found nursing homes delivering poor quality care.

More than eight years later nothing has changed. Labor still doesn’t care about aged care. It has no clear vision for caring for older Australians.

In comparison, the Australian Government has made aged care a priority, and has put in place policies and increased funding to deliver world class aged care services that provide high quality, affordable, accessible aged care.

The Australian Government’s $2.2 billion Investing in Australia’s Aged Care: More Places, Better Care package boosts the quality and availability of aged care for older Australians now, and into the future.

The package includes:

● An extra 27,900 new aged care places over the next three years, including 13,030 in 2004 and

doubling the number of community care places to meet the desires of older Australians who want to remain at home as they grow older; ● An extra $877.8 million over four years in funding for aged care providers to improve care and

wages for aged care nurses and personal care workers; ● Almost $1 billion in extra Australian Government funding to help build new and upgrade

existing aged care homes, particularly to meet fire and safety standards; ● $101.4 million over four years for new aged care scholarships and to help existing aged care

nurses and personal care workers to upgrade their skills to provide high quality care for older Australians.

The Australian Government is ensuring older Australians and their families receive the high quality, affordable, accessible care they need and deserve.

Labor continues to fail on aged care.

Media contact: Rachael Thompson 0417 265 289