Labor to Make Sure Aged Care Workers Get Pay Raise

THE HON SHAYNE NEUMANN MP SHADOW MINISTER FOR INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS SHADOW MINISTER FOR AGEING MEMBER FOR BLAIR   SENATOR HELEN POLLEY SHADOW PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY FOR AGED CARE SENATOR FOR TASMANIA   Federal Labor today moved to secure better pay and conditions for Australia’s aged care workers, blocking the Abbott Government’s attempts to repeal the Aged Care Workforce Supplement.   Shadow Minister for Ageing Shayne Neumann criticised the Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews for trying to stop workers getting the supplement, just months after it first began. Continue reading

Coalition Rushes Freight Enquiry

The Commonwealth must extend the period for receipt of submissions to the Federal Government’s Bass Strait Freight Equalisation inquiry after allowing stakeholders less than a fortnight to prepare their case for the Productivity Commission.   Senator Helen Polley has pointed out that this Review, flagged during the election campaign, will do nothing to help immediate concerns surrounding freight costs over Bass Strait. Continue reading

Aging Minister Clueless on Aged Care

THE HON SHAYNE NEUMANN MP SHADOW MINISTER FOR INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS SHADOW MINISTER FOR AGEING MEMBER FOR BLAIR   SENATOR HELEN POLLEY SHADOW PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY FOR AGED CARE SENATOR FOR TASMANIA   MEDIA RELEASE   AGEING MINISTER CLUELESS ON AGED CARE Senator Mitch Fifield needs to brush up on his portfolio’s policies and plans, after an embarrassing performance in Senate Estimates today.   Shadow Minister for Ageing Shayne Neumann said the Assistant Minister for Social Services, Senator Mitch Fifield is clueless when it comes to the Ageing portfolio.   “The Assistant Minister yesterday put a media release out promising to cut red tape,” Mr Neumann said. Continue reading

Coalitions Administrative Changes Mean Dementia is No Longer a Priority

COALITION ADMINISTRATIVE CHANGES MEANS DEMENTIA IS NO LONGER A PRIORITY   Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Aged Care Helen Polley has called on the government to clarify whether it sees dementia as a national priority or something that can be conveniently ignored.During Senate Estimates today the Community Affairs Committee was informed by officials from the Department of Health that responsibility for dementia policy had not yet been reallocated to a specific area of the department. Senator Polley said that this development was symptomatic of broader problems the Health and Social Services portfolios were experiencing following far-reaching Coalition machinery of government changes. Continue reading

Emmertons Success Must be Aspired to Australia Wide

MEDIA STATEMENT EMMERTON’S SUCCESS MUST BE ASPIRED TO AUSTRALIA WIDE Tasmanian Labor Senator Helen Polley has today congratulated Smithton’s Emmerton Park for winning the prestigious aged-care organisation of the year award at the 2013 National Aged Care Awards at the weekend.  “I congratulate Emmerton Park on its success at the awards. This is a prestigious honour of the highest regard,” Senator Polley said. Senator Polley noted that, Emmerton’s director of Care Christine Hyde attributed the facilities success to its community focus. “This is wonderful news for not just Emmerton residents, staff, volunteers and the greater community. It is great news for Tasmania more generally. Tasmania is clearly setting the standard in aged care facilities which is a huge coup for the state,” Senator Polley said. Continue reading

Senator Helen Polley Appointed Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Aged Care

Tasmanian Labor Senator Helen Polley has gladly accepted the role of Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Aged Care. “I have a long held passion for aged care policy and making sure that older Australians receive the care and support they need, I want to help shine a spotlight on numerous issues that I believe receive insufficient attention in the media,” Senator Polley said. Senator Polley noted that Labor has a proud history in delivering results for older Australians and that the Government needs to be held to account to ensure that improvements in aged care continue.   Continue reading

Nikolic Needs to Act on Tamar Valley Dairy Job Losses

Senator Polley today questioned what the Federal Member for Bass Andrew Nikolic is doing to assist Tamar Valley Dairy, which entered voluntary administration yesterday.  Mr Nikolic has said that he will be a champion for the people of Bass and will create conditions for economic growth and ensure job losses do not occur. Further, Prime Minister Tony Abbott spent countless trips to Tasmania during the federal election campaign to champion Tasmanian jobs.       Continue reading

Nikolic Asked to Clarify GST Stance

Tasmanian Labor Senator Helen Polley has called on the new Member for Bass Andrew Nikolic to clarify whether he supports calls from Coalition Premiers and Treasurers to alter the GST revenue distribution formula.   Yesterday both Queensland Treasurer Tim Nicholls and Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett said that they would like GST revenue to be distributed on an equal per-capita share basis. This would result in all states receiving revenue proportionate to their populations. Continue reading

Baby Willow Shows Why We Need Baby Safe Havens

Tasmanian Labor Senator Helen Polley has strongly reiterated her plea for the installation of "Baby Safe Havens" in Australia following Tasmanian Coroner Olivia McTaggart's call for the mother of a newborn baby found deceased in a park near Hobart two years ago to come forward. The coroner's plea for the mother of Baby Willow to come forward is a reminder for the need to introduce Baby Safe Havens not just in Tasmania, but in every state and territory around the country. Continue reading

Dying to Know Day

'Dying to Know Day,' August 8 is a wonderful initiative, which has the potential to benefit all Australians, Senator Polley said today. Dying to Know Day is an annual day of action dedicated to bringing to life conversations and community actions around death and dying. It is aimed at encouraging all Australians to develop new knowledge and attitudes about how to deal with death and bereavement and support each other at the end of life. Continue reading