The sector has spoken and the verdict on yesterday’s aged care debate between the Minister for Ageing, Justine Elliot; Liberal Party Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells and Greens Senator Rachel Siewert is in.

Most agreed that although the debate proved to be an incredibly meaningful exercise that created valuable discussion about the issues that matter with the people who can make or break the sector, it was disappointing to see the spokespeople skirt around the questions with political rhetoric.

The sector was hoping, not only for answers with a bit more guts but clearer commitments to specific, future actions.

The great aged care debate was, if anything, a definite reminder that the nation is only a little more than one week out from the 2010 federal election. So, despite wanting to hear responses of pure substance, it was inevitable that the politicians were going to stay ‘on message’.

Neither party placed anything new on the table but at least now, the sector knows where it stands- in need of immediate reform and prepared to push for it.

AAA attended the event to provide its readers with some insight into how the debate went down with the sector’s representatives. Click on the videos below to see what they said:

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CEO of Aged and Community Services Australia, Greg Mundy  

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CEO of Aged Care Association Australia, Rod Young  

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CEO of Aged & Community Care Victoria, Gerard Mansour  

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Grand Plan advocate, Father Bob Maguire  

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CEO of Villa Maria, Valerie Lyons  

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CEO of Eldercare, Klaus Zimmermann  

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CEO of RSL Care, Ross Smith  

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Deputy Director of Anglicare, Roland Manderson  

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Executive director of Uniting Aged Care, Robyn Batten  

For your say on the debate, visit the Grand Plan website (www.thegrandplan.com.au) from Friday 13 August, follow the links to watch footage of the debate and rate the discussion via the online survey.

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