National Seniors appoints Ian Henschke as new chief advocate

National Seniors Australia has appointed former ABC Radio and TV journalist and presenter Ian Henschke as its Chief Advocate. He also served as an ABC Board Director.

National Seniors’ Chief Executive Officer Dagmar Parsons said the role of Chief Advocate will build upon the successes of the past and transform engagement with the over 50s.

“We want to raise the profile of older people in the political debate and strengthen the collective voice of our members,” she said.

Ms Parsons said National Seniors was very fortunate to have Mr Henschke.

“He is well respected and his broad expertise across media, facilitating conversations on national and international policies, will be invaluable,” she said.

Mr Henschke signalled an increasing focus on collaboration with other groups, developing policies grounded in robust research, and building on the efforts of members.

High on the list of priorities will be improving mature age employment outcomes and making housing more affordable.

“We need to move beyond the divisive generational arguments and develop solutions that will last beyond the next election.

“It’s exciting to be a part of National Seniors. I look forward to working with it to help improve the lives of older Australians.” he said.

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