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Election 2016: Protecting the rights of older Australians



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JUN 15 2016

Protecting the rights of older Australians

The Turnbull Coalition will invest $15 million in protecting the rights of older

Australians. For the first time, a Federal party will take to an election a platform

designed solely to recognise and promote the rights of older Australians.

Older members of our community should feel safe, cared for, and respected.

They should expect to be able to exercise their rights fully and have their choices

respected. Unfortunately, there are worrying signs that this is not always the case

causing an increasing concern in the community.

The Turnbull Coalition recognises that more needs to be done to protect the

rights of older Australians, and now, with a re-elected Turnbull Government, more

will be done.

The Turnbull Coalition’s national plan to better protect the rights of older

Australians includes:

developing a national elder abuse hotline;

developing pilot training programmes for frontline staff;

a study into the prevalence of elder abuse to better understand the

problem; and

developing a national awareness campaign to educate and to change

attitudes and values.

Other work will include identifying potential enhancements to programmes and

services already supported by the Australian Government, and identifying

barriers to enforcement of existing laws intended to protect people from

offences such as assault, neglect, fraud, theft and breaches of consumer rights.

Today’s announcement builds on the work of the Australian Law Reform

Commission (ALRC) (https://www.alrc.gov.au/inquiries/elder-abuse%5d) which I

asked in February to conduct an inquiry into laws and frameworks to safeguard

older Australians from abuse. This will also assist the Government in identifying

best practices for protecting older Australians. Today, the ALRC is releasing its

first issues paper from this inquiry. [https://www.alrc.gov.au/publications/elder-abuse (https://www.alrc.gov.au/publications/elder-abuse)]

We are promoting this policy because we value human dignity, we value the past,

present and future contributions of older Australians. The Coalition has always

stood for promoting the rights of individuals to make choices, and have those

choices respected.

Our commitment will help ensure older Australians feel safe, cared for, and

respected.

Click here to view the Coalition's Policy to Protect the Rights of Older Australians.

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