The Opposition replies to the Budget

Last night’s Budget reply speech was headlined by tax cuts for workers funded by the ALP’s Opposition to the Coalition Government’s company tax cut, however aged care got a specific mention as a “national priority”.


11 May 2018

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten specifically stated that: “tackling dementia and delivering better aged care will be a national priority, backed by real resources.”

Mr Shorten said:

“… I actually think one of the sneakiest tricks in this year’s budget is the fraud it has perpetrated on Australians in need of aged care.

Around 105,000 older Australians are waiting for home care packages.

But despite all the hype, the Government is offering only 14,000 places, over the next four years.

14,000 places in four years – when 20,000 people joined the waiting list in the last six months alone.

But worse still – in Question Time today – we learned that there is no new funding here – they are simply taking the money away from residential care places and putting in home care places, nothing new.

The people who raised us and cared for us and love us – deserve so much better than this money-go-round, money-go-round in aged care then cuts to their energy supplement and the world’s oldest retirement age.

If I’m Prime Minister: tackling dementia and delivering better aged care will be a national priority, backed by real resources.

Because we know that giving older Australians the security and dignity they deserve matters more than an $80 billion corporate tax cut.”

ACSA welcomes this commitment and will work with the Opposition to determine what their plans are for aged care if they form government.

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