Labor has blasted the hypocrisy of the Abbott Government, which today announced funding for Dementia research one week after cutting the Dementia and Severe Behaviours Supplement (DSBS).
Shadow Minister for Ageing, Shayne Neumann welcomed the additional funds but questioned the timing of the Peter Dutton’s announcement in Brisbane today.
“The hypocrisy of Tony Abbott’s Government is beyond belief,” Mr Neumann said.
“Labor welcomes the announcement of a greater investment in Dementia research. That is why Labor’s Living Longer Living Better Aged Care reforms included an investment of around $270 million to help tackle dementia.
“By contrast, this is a Government which gives with one hand while taking from the other. This is not an either or situation: you cannot cut funding to Dementia treatment to pay for Dementia research.
“This funding announcement reeks of a smokescreen, designed to distract us from the heartless decision to axe the DSBS, with no consultation, no alternatives and no regard for the impact on those who provide this vital care.”
Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Aged Care, Helen Polley reaffirmed Labor’s commitment Dementia research.
“Dementia is one of the biggest challenges facing our ageing population and research into this insidious disease is essential so we can find a cure and prevent it,” Senator Polley said.
“But it beggars belief that Peter Dutton is out spruiking the Government’s commitment to Dementia when it has taken an axe to funding for the treatment of Dementia.
“It is unacceptable for Australia’s most vulnerable people to pay for Tony Abbott’s broken promises.”
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