Older residents of the ACT are calling on political parties to outline their plans on a range of issues in the lead-up to the Territory’s 15 October election.
National Seniors ACT Policy Advisory Group Chair Dr Bill Donovan said vulnerable over 50s were looking for a clear commitment from political parties on seniors-related issues.
“These include maintaining all concessions to help seniors cope with ever-increasing living costs and cutting elective surgery waiting lists in public hospitals,” Dr Donovan said.
“Seniors are some of the worst affected when it comes to lengthy hospital waiting lists for procedures such as hip and knee replacements but the cost of private hospital care puts these out of reach for many people.
“Those older ACT residents living outside Canberra are also disadvantaged by a lack of community bus services and those who live in the city are dismayed at the state of footpaths, graffiti and litter,” he said.
National Seniors recently sent a survey to all political parties asking them to indicate where they stand on seniors’ issues in the upcoming election.
“National Seniors are calling on all parties to provide feedback to the survey,” Dr Donovan said.
“With around 40 per cent of voters in the ACT aged 50 and over, politicians and would-be politicians, would do well to respond to their concerns in the lead-up to polling day.”
Dr Donovan is available for comment
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