Yesterday the revolving doors of Malcolm Turnbull’s ministry saw Assistant Minister for Health, Ken Wyatt add Assistant Minister for Aged Care to his list of duties.
Labor welcomes the clarification of Mr Wyatt’s duties, which come after months of confusion over ministerial responsibilities within the aged care portfolio.
“First Malcolm Turnbull neglected to appoint anyone with direct responsibility for ageing or aged care, and it’s only now, after almost six months that we have a clear outline of the portfolio responsibilities of Minister Ley, Minister Nash and Assistant Minister Wyatt,” Shadow Minister for Ageing Shayne Neumann said.
“This belated appointment has caused confusion within the sector and is in indicative of the Abbott/Turnbull Government’s record for ignoring and neglecting aged care issues.
“The heat is certainly on for the new Assistant Minister for Aged Care to do a better job providing leadership and consulting with the sector than his Liberal predecessors did.”
“The Government was left red faced again last week after they were unable to name one aged care facility visited by the Minister for Aged Care, Sussan Ley,” Senator Polley said.
“Re-naming a ministry is completely pointless if there is no intention of giving ageing and aged care the attention and priority lacking for the past two years.”
The real test for the Turnbull Government will be whether it continues its shameful neglect of issues facing older people, abandoning those living with dementia, and avoiding important aged care workforce issues in an industry which employs millions of Australians.
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