The Shadow Minister for Ageing, Margaret May called for reform in aged care as she announced that she would not contest the next federal election.
The member for McPherson has decided to bow out of politics to provide support to her husband David, who has challenging health issues.
In a statement, Mrs May thanked opposition leaders, Dr Brendan Nelson and Malcolm Turnbull for giving her the opportunity to “fight for senior Australians”.
“I still believe very strongly that it is essential that Australia addresses the aged care crisis and provides world-class aged care for our aged and frail,” she said.
Mrs May’s announcement comes just weeks after she was joined by Malcolm Turnbull to launch an initiative aimed at shaping future ageing policy.
The Coalition will host a series of forums for seniors around the country which will focus on the transition to retirement and security in later life.
“This is a very important and exciting initiative that will provide senior Australians with a real opportunity to have their voices heard on the issues that matter to them,” Mrs May said at the launch two weeks ago.
“Tapping into the wisdom, knowledge and experience of senior Australians is the key to ensuring seniors policy best reflects the needs of this important age group.
“Senior Australians have made our great nation what it is today and continue to have a range of ideas on how to best move forward.”
Click here to find out more about the Coalition’s initiative for engaging with older Australians.