Older Australians want strong and effective government, one that represents the interests of all Australians, and which makes prudent decisions after careful consideration and planning.
Older Australians are keen to continue their lifelong contribution to society. They best do so when there are clear and consistent rules and regulations around issues such as superannuation and retirement income, and adequate supports and safety nets, such as the Aged Pension.
National Seniors want all political parties and candidates to adopt policies that address:
These polices are an investment in the health, well-being and productivity of older people across our nation.
We want all parties and candidates to adopt and commit to these policies so that older Australians, their families and those who will one day become older Australians can enjoy an even better life.
These initiatives summarise our policies and between now and the election we will post more policy details and more information that keeps you up-to-date about this crucial election.
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We are calling for an Independent Age Pension Tribunal to take the politics out of the pension and for increased financial assistance for older people to access the rental market, the NBN and dental care.
We are calling for spiralling out-of-pocket health care costs to be curtailed through greater transparency of specialist fees and by limiting increases to private health insurance premiums.
Swift action must be taken to fix the crisis in aged care: by tripling level 3 and 4 home care packages to eliminate the waiting list; mandating publication of staffing levels in residential care settings; and making dementia training mandatory for all people working in aged care.
We want to see a stronger retirement income system that encourages people to save and be self-reliant. We reject moves to strip franking credit refunds and we want those seeking government office to commit to reducing the asset test taper rate from $3.00 to $2.00. We also support a scheme to enable low-wealth downsizers to put excess home sale proceeds into superannuation without affecting their Age Pension.