AGEING OVERLOOKED - AGAIN

Australia could become no country for older people, following Malcolm Turnbull’s complete neglect of ageing and longevity issues in his “new look” Ministry.

This is the third time in a row that Malcolm Turnbull has failed to appoint anyone with responsibility for the broader issues of ageing.

Mr Turnbull’s Ministry demonstrates he has learnt nothing from the Budget result, giving Australians more of the same, which means nothing for older people.

The new Parliament had afforded Mr Turnbull with an opportunity to be innovative and to address the ageing population, which will have significant economic and social impacts over the next 20 to 30 years.

Labor had promised to appoint a dedicated Minister for Ageing, appreciating the challenges and opportunities presented by this major demographic shift.

Meantime, Sussan Ley will continue as Minister for Aged Care.  As an immediate priority, she needs to release the Government’s Budget modelling and figures for the $1.2 billion cuts to the Aged Care Funding Instrument.

Analyses undertaken by a number of aged care stakeholders indicates the cuts will be much higher than the Budget figures indicate.

These changes to the way residential aged care subsidies for those with complex care needs, took effect on 1 July 2016. Labor calls on the Minister to release the Budget modelling and figures without further delay.