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Royal Commission must acknowledge shared horror experienced by disabled and older Australians in institutional and residential care

Australian Greens Disability spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John today used question time to ask the Prime Minister why his proposed Royal Commission into the aged care system failed to acknowledge the shared horror experienced by disabled and older Australians in institutional and residential care settings.

“The Prime Minister was Social Services Minister during a 2015 Senate inquiry into violence, abuse, and neglect of disabled people in institutional and residential care settings that recommended an urgent Royal Commission, which this government has refused to undertake,” Senator Steele-John said.

“There have subsequently been almost 500 complaints to the National Disability Abuse and Neglect Hotline. Given this widespread and ongoing violence, abuse and neglect of disabled people, the Australian Greens call on the Prime Minister to urgently reconsider the scope of his proposed Royal Commission.

“Anything less is a missed opportunity for justice and the Prime Minister must take personal responsibility for that.”

Australia Greens spokesperson on Ageing Senator Rachel Siewert said:

"Anyone could see that it's been clear for years now that there are significant issues with the aged care sector.

“These are issues from abuse and neglect to workforce retention and conditions. 

“I initiated and chaired the inquiry into the future of the aged care sector work force and chaired the Oaken inquiry and have heard this issues first hand.

"This Royal Commission must not be a repeat of what happened with Don Dale or what happened with Aboriginal deaths in custody – so much talk and no action."

Media contact:

Tim Oliver (Senator Steele-John) – 0448 316 387
Lucy Cowcher-Guthrie (Senator Siewert) - 0418 401 180

 

 

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