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Aged care action is too little too late after years of Liberal cuts



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THE HON JULIE COLLINS MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR AGEING AND MENTAL HEALTH

MEMBER FOR FRANKLIN

AGED CARE ACTION IS TOO LITTLE TOO LATE AFTER YEARS OF LIBERAL

CUTS

Scott Morrison is the architect of huge cuts to residential aged care that have smashed the

quality of care being delivered across the county - after years of inaction older Australians

won’t trust him and the Liberals to fix the growing crisis in aged care now.

In just his first year as Treasurer Scott Morrison cut almost $2 billion from the care of older

Australians.

One of his first acts as Treasurer was to slash almost $500 million from aged care funding

in the 2015 MYEFO.

He followed this with an even bigger cut of $1.2 billion from aged care funding in the 2016

Budget.

Under Scott Morrison’s watch the aged care budget has been used as an ATM to try and

prop up the Budget.

The Liberals plan now - to shuffle some money around and give back just $16 million -

would be laughable if the situation wasn’t so serious.

The Government has sat on the report that recommended this legislation for almost a year

- this has taken far too long.

It is critical to the future of the aged care sector that families can have faith their loved

ones will be safe and receive a high level of care in residential facilities.

Today’s announcement will not solve the growing aged care crisis in Australia.

The release of the latest data on the home care package waitlist revealed close to 108,000

older Australians are waiting for care.

The list includes more than 88,000 older Australians waiting with high needs, many with

dementia. The Liberals have no plan and no ideas to fix this waiting list.

Across the country there are growing concerns about the quality of care being delivered in

residential aged care facilities but all the Liberals have done is cut.

The aged care workforce is expected to increase by 300 per cent in the next 30 years, but

the Liberals are yet to respond to its own report into how to prepare for this growth.

These issues require genuine attention and more funding - not more re-announcements.

Labor recognises that everyday around the country the majority of older Australians are

treated with care and respect at residential aged care facilities.

WEDNESDAY, 12 SEPTEMBER 2018

MEDIA CONTACT: LIAM CARSWELL 0438 469 119

Authorised by Noah Carroll, ALP, Canberra.