“Pensioners and low-income households want dental put under Medicare, no cuts to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), Pensions and Allowances that keep up with the cost of living, and reform of aged care to put the lives of people being cared for first”, said Charmaine Crowe, CPSA Policy Coordinator.
“CPSA calls on the Independents Rob Oakeshott, Tony Windsor, and Bob Katter to make these key issues when they carry out their negotiations with Labor and the Coalition.”
“CPSA is pleased that Mr Oakeshott and Mr Windsor support Medicare dental. CPSA supports the Greens ‘Denticare’ proposal, which would grant access to dental care for hundreds of thousands of Australians who currently miss out because they cannot afford it.”
“There must be no cuts to the PBS that drive up the cost of pharmaceuticals. Income support payments that have fallen well behind increases in the cost of living must be reformed.”
“Finally, aged care must place care recipients first. For too long the voice of aged care barons has drowned out that of people receiving care. The future Australian Government must make lives worth living in aged care facilities, and mandatory staff to resident ratios must be at the top of the reform list.”
Media contact: Charmaine Crowe
Ph: 0410 612 182