Image: National Seniors Australia Chief Advocate, Ian Henschke with Treasurer Josh Frydenberg.
National Seniors Australia Chief Advocate, Ian Henschke and Government Relations Advisor, Craig Sullivan travelled to Canberra for three days of back to back meetings with ministers, shadow ministers, key senators and MPs.
The agenda? We wanted politicians to know what’s on the minds of you, our members.
As always, our focus was on policies, not politics.
It's about putting your needs first.
What’s apparent from the meetings is that National Seniors has the ears of key politicians and we took the opportunity to make your voice heard.
Ian Henschke met with Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, Social Services Minister Senator Anne Ruston, Aged Care Minister Senator Richard Colbeck, Shadow Aged Care Minister Julie Collins and Shadow Assistant Minister Ged Kearney.
Among the topics discussed:
- deeming and taper rates
- the upcoming retirement income review
- declining home ownership among retirees
- the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety - specifically, home care waiting lists.
The meetings were positive, sometimes feisty but always productive.
The advocacy team is busy preparing submissions for next year’s Federal Budget, the Retirement Income Review and the ongoing Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety (which is releasing its interim findings this week).
Plus, Mr Henschke will be catching up with more ministers and shadow ministers to advocate on the issues you’ve told us are important to you.
We’re making inroads but the hard work doesn’t stop now. There’s still so much we need to do to improve conditions for all older Australians.
And we can’t do it without your support.