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$1.2 billion cut to aged care just a 'little fact' to Scott Morrison



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THE HON. JULIE COLLINS MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR AGEING AND MENTAL HEALTH

MEMBER FOR FRANKLIN

$1.2 BILLON CUT TO AGED CARE JUST A ‘LITTLE FACT’ TO SCOTT

MORRISON

Scott Morrison characterising his $1.2 billion cut to aged care as just a ‘little fact’ in

Question Time is an insult to every older Australians who relies on care.

This cut is not just a ‘little fact’ - across the country there are deep concerns about

the quality of care being delivered in residential aged care facilities. This is one of

the reasons why we need a Royal Commission.

This $1.2 billion cut was in Scott Morrison’s first budget as Treasurer:

 BUDGET PAPER NUMBER 2 2016-17, PAGE 101

Labor is not alone in calling out Scott Morrison’s cuts to aged care:

“$3 billion has been taken out of the aged care system by successive

Governments over the last four years.”

 SEAN ROONEY, LEADING AGED SERVICES AUSTRALIA, ABC NEWS,

16 SEPTEMBER 2018

His $1.2 billion cut in the 2016 budget came on top of the almost $500 million from

aged care funding he cut in the 2015 MYEFO.

This money went out of the aged care budget and didn’t come back.

The Royal Commission must examine the impact of the funding cuts. You don’t fix

aged care by cutting it.

To date there are more than a dozen reviews and hundreds of recommendations

on aged care issues that have been ignored by the government. This isn’t good

enough.

Scott Morrison even cut further funding from residential aged care this year -

pretending he was boosting home care places at the same time as he was

slashing funding.

Scott Morrison and the Liberals cannot be trusted to ensure older Australians get

the aged care services they need.

Older Australians deserve better and won’t be fooled by Scott Morrison and the

Liberals, who have done nothing but cut funding for years.

MONDAY, 17 SEPTEMBER 2018

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