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A day to celebrate our older people.



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THE HON CHRISTOPHER PYNE MP

Minister for Ageing

MEDIA RELEASE

Parliament House Canberra ACT 2600 • Telephone: (02) 6277 7780 Facsimile: (02) 6277 4138

1 October 2007 CP 110/07

A day to celebrate our older people

Today, 1 October, is the National Day for Older Australians - a day to celebrate the contributions older Australians have made, and continue to make, to our society.

“Older Australians have played a huge part in shaping our nation, and we continue to turn to them, harnessing their knowledge, talent and experience to enrich our communities and bind our social fabric,” the Minister for Ageing, Christopher Pyne, said.

“As our population continues to age rapidly, 1 October provides the opportunity to thank our older people for the contributions they make to our families and communities.

“Older people make valuable financial contributions to Australian society through the time they spend in unpaid caring in their own households, to their family members and to the wider community,” Mr Pyne said.

“Older Australians over 65 already contribute an estimated $39 billion per year to the economy in the form of unpaid work.

“Older Australians are, and have always been, a great asset. Just look around and you will see many examples of the work and achievements of older Australians in our society. We need to celebrate them and the wonderful work they do,” he said.

The National Day for Older Australians, 1 October, coincides with the annual observance of the International Day for Older Persons.

Mr Pyne’s message can be seen at www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lbBd2lmtXA

Media contact: Adam Howard 0400 414 833