Labor’s in – but who will be minister?

It will be some days before the industry knows the identity of the new Minister for Ageing.

With the election of Kevin Rudd’s Government on the weekend, the aged care industry can expect to see an ambassador for ageing, a review of quality compliance standards, complaints and accreditation and a $6.6 million initiative to attract nurses to aged care.

But at the moment, there is speculation about who will be the next Minister for Ageing.

Following the election, Sydney’s Sunday Telegraph hinted that Jan McLucas, Labor’s spokesperson on Ageing, Disabilities and Carers, had an uncertain future on the frontbench. The article said “senior Labor sources” had named Senator McLucas as one of three shadow ministers who “could be dropped or demoted”.

However, on the same day, an article in The Brisbane Times said Senator McLucas was “likely to be on the front bench”.

Kevin Rudd has made it clear that he is determined to select his own ministerial team and  said on Sunday that he would finalise his choices in “the days ahead”.

A spokesperson for Senator McLucas said the new minister responsible for aged care should be known by the end of the week.

Click here to sread the Sunday Telegraph article and here to read the Brisbane Times article

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