TURNBULL CHOOSES BIG BUSINESS OVER VULNERABLE OLDER PEOPLE

Malcolm Turnbull’s Budget has put high income earners and big business ahead of vulnerable older Australians.

Mr Turnbull promised fairness but this Budget is fundamentally unfair.

The Budget gives tax cuts to the big end of town at the cost of $1.2 billion to aged care services for older Australians.

This savage cut will hit older Australians in residential aged care facilities the hardest, with a 50 per cent cut to the indexation of complex health care subsidies.

Malcolm Turnbull’s Budget is also telling for what it omits.

This Budget has failed to provide any direction for the future of the aged care reforms, and questions whether the Minister for Aged Care has even read the Aged Care Roadmap.

The Budget has again failed more than 353,000 Australians living with dementia. While Malcolm Turnbull has plans for the top end of town he has no interest in addressing what is the second leading cause of death in Australia.

Not surprisingly, there is still no plan to attract and retain adequately skilled and qualified workers to ensure older Australians receive the care they need and deserve.

This latest round of savage cuts brings total aged care funding cuts to $3 billion since the Abbott/Turnbull Government came to power.

The Turnbull Government has no vision on ageing or aged care issues.