Labor welcomes continuation of its aged care reforms

espite the Abbott Government's horror budget that attacked pensioners, increased health costs for senior Australians and ripped billions of dollars out of the aged care system, Labor has welcomed the Abbott Government’s continued support of the fundamentals of Labor's ground-breaking Living Longer, Living Better (LLLB) aged care reforms.

 In a speech to the Committee for Economic Development of Australia the Assistant Minister for Social Services, Senator Mitch Fifield, spoke in support of the consumer-led aged care system developed by the previous Labor Government.

 One of the fundamental aims of the LLLB reform package is to create a consumer-led and directed system so that older Australians have more choice and control in accessing the range of services they need.

Labor's reform package is an important first step but Australia's aged care system needs continuous investment and leadership, to ensure it is strong and sustainable for the future. Instead, the Abbott  Government has ripped money away from the most vulnerable aged care residents, including savage pension cuts and the abolition of Labor's Dementia and Severe Behaviours Supplement. 

Labor will hold the Abbott Government to account and we will continue to work closely with the seniors peak organisations, aged care providers, experts and senior Australians so together we can work towards providing the highest possible standard of care and support for all older Australians.

 

WEDNESDAY, 12 NOVEMBER 2014

 

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