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.
“But today he put in a pitiful performance before Senate Estimates and failed to list one piece of unnecessary red tape when questioned in Senate Estimates by ShadowParliamentary Secretary for Aged Care, Senator Helen Polley.
 
“Senator Fifield cannot put media releases out one day making broad, sweeping statements about cumbersome red tape allegedly imposed by the former Labor Government, and then turn up to Senate Estimates the next day and fail to identify one regulation that needed cutting or one requirement that needed fixing.
 
“While the aged care and funding to improve salaries and conditions for aged care workers is facing the Abbott axe, Senator Fifield can’t even answer a few simple questions about his portfolio.”
 
“Clearly, when questioned by me, the Assistant Minister demonstrated he had no detailed knowledge of the previous Labor Government’s Living Longer Living Betterpackage, which is transforming the aged care sector and improving outcomes for older Australians,” Senator Polley said.
 
“The only thing we learnt in Estimates today is that the Abbott Government wants to scrap the $1.2 billion Workforce Supplement, which is needed to address workforce issues.
 
“I want Senator Fifield to know that we will expect far more from him in the next Senate Estimates hearings in February and encourage him to do some reading between now and then.”
 
THURSDAY, 21 NOVEMBER 2013
 
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