From the policies on ageing and aged care to the major parties’ positions on the controversial recent aged care funding cuts – Australian Ageing Agenda has been reporting on the key issues this election.
Here are our picks of the top stories you need to know about, as Australia heads to the polls on Saturday 2 July.
Interviews with party spokespeople
First, our interviews with the parties’ spokespeople on ageing and aged care (our numerous requests for an interview with the Minister for Aged Care Sussan Ley were unsuccessful):
- Labor Labor’s spokesman on ageing Shayne Neumann tells AAA his party will release the economic modelling behind the controversial budget measure to reduce aged care funding by $1.2 billion if elected, but maintains it cannot reverse the changes.
- The Greens The need for a full and independent review of ACFI is a key issue facing the sector, Greens spokesperson on ageing Senator Rachel Siewert tells AAA.
Aged care and ageing policy
We’ve also carried a series of reports on the question of ageing and aged care policy this election:
- Aged care not a priority for major parties: ACSA As part of its election campaign, ACSA asked the Coalition, Labor and the Greens to respond to three major issues impacting aged care.
- Greens to go further on CDC, but stops short of uncapped supply Mature age employment, dementia and palliative care are among the areas featured in the Greens aged care policy.
- Call for major parties to prioritise policies for an ageing Australia Experts in work and care policy are urging the next Australian government to address the high rate of old age poverty and the need for a comprehensive aged care workforce strategy as a matter of priority.
- Seniors’ party puts superannuation, ageing on election agenda Among the political parties vying for votes on 2 July is the Mature Australia Party, which says it has a special commitment to the interests of people aged over 50.
- Funding issues top election wish lists of aged care stakeholders Uncapping the supply of aged care places, recognising end of life care as a national health priority and finalising a national aged care workforce strategy are some of the key commitments aged care stakeholders are seeking from the major parties during the 2016 election campaign.
What do you think of the major parties’ position on ageing and aged care this election? Comment below