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Election Scorecard

2016 Election Scorecard

HOW THE POLITICAL PARTIES ARE RESPONDING TO OLDER AUSTRALIANS

COTA Australia has assessed the policies of the main political parties contesting the 2016 Federal Election to see how they shape up against the ‘asks' we made of them in our Election Statement.

COTA media release - Older People Don't Rate - Major Parties Ignore One Third Of The Electorate

Coalition election call status ALP election call status Greens election call status

Coalition logo2 calls met
6 calls partially met

ALP logo4 calls met
6 calls partially met

Greens logo6 calls met
9 calls partially met

 

Legend

Positive Partial Negative Absence of policy/unclear
Generally Positive Partially met Generally Negative No Specific Policy

 

Health Care and Healthy Ageing

  Liberal National Party Australian Labor Party The Greens
Strengthen the integrity of our universal health care system - Medicare.  No Specific Policy  No Specific Policy  No Specific Policy
Increase access to mental health services targeted to meet the needs of older Australians, supported by an Older Australians Mental Health Strategy. (1)  No Specific Policy  No Specific Policy No Specific Policy
Expand the National Oral Health Plan to include a linked, funded Older Australians Oral Health Strategy.  No Specific Policy  No Specific Policy  No Specific Policy
Strengthen Palliative and End of Life Care.  No Specific Policy  No Specific Policy  No Specific Policy
Upgrade the National Framework for Action on Dementia 2015-2019 to a National Health Strategy and progress action as a priority.  No Specific Policy  No Specific Policy  No Specific Policy

1. COTA welcomed the recent mental health reforms but they fail to address systemic neglect of the issues faced by older Australians, including depression and the high prevalence of suicide, especially among older men. Additional, targeted attention to the mental health needs of older people is urgently required.

 

Aged Care Reform - finished what's started

  Liberal National Party Australian Labor Party The Greens
Implement the National Aged Care Alliance's "Agewell - End the Aged Care Lottery" Election Position Statement claims; and the recommendations of the Government's Aged Care Sector Committee's Aged Care Roadmap.  No Specific Policy  No Specific Policy  No Specific Policy
Place residential aged care funding in the hands of consumers and families.  No Specific Policy  No Specific Policy  No Specific Policy
Remove the cap on subsidised aged care funding.  No Specific Policy  No Specific Policy  No Specific Policy
Fund and implement an Aged Care Consumer and Carer Support Platform.  No Specific Policy  No Specific Policy  No Specific Policy
Develop a fair and sustainable pricing framework for aged care.  No Specific Policy  No Specific Policy  No Specific Policy
Strengthen My Aged Care to become fully functional and consumer enabling.  No Specific Policy No Specific Policy  No Specific Policy

 

Adequate and Fair Retirement Incomes

  Liberal National Party Australian Labor Party The Greens
Establish an integrated, stable, fair and sustainable Retirement Incomes System, based on a long-term vision and a comprehensive plan to achieve the vision.  No Specific Policy  No Specific Policy No Specific Policy
Commit to no further tightening of the Age Pension (including increases in the eligibility age) outside of the adoption of a comprehensive, integrated Retirement Incomes System.  No Specific Policy  No Specific Policy  No Specific Policy
At a minimum, implement the package of 2016 Budget measures on superannuation, or similar reforms, addressing:
  • better targeting of tax concessions
  • support for women, low income earners and those with broken work patterns
  • lifting restrictions on people over 65 making contributions to their superannuation
  • removing tax barriers to innovation in the creation of annuity based retirement income products.
 No Specific Policy  No Specific Policy  No Specific Policy
Implement a range of additional measures to address gender inequity in retirement incomes including adopting the recommendations of the Report of the Senate Economics References Committee into the Economic Security of Women in Retirement.  No Specific Policy  No Specific Policy  No Specific Policy

 

Mature Age Employment - open the doors

  Liberal National Party Australian Labor Party The Greens
Encourage an increase in the employment of older Australians through a National Mature Age Workforce Participation Strategy, drawing on the recommendations of the Report of the Australian Human Rights Commission Willing to Work Inquiry. No Specific Policy  No Specific Policy  No Specific Policy
Increase the rate of government income support allowances, especially Newstart, by $53 per week for single recipients; and index allowance payments to wage movements.  No Specific Policy  No Specific Policy  No Specific Policy
Remove direct age discrimination against workers 65 years and over in taxation legislation in regard to tax concessions associated with redundancy payments.  No Specific Policy  No Specific Policy  No Specific Policy

 

Affordable, Appropriate and Secure Housing

  Liberal National Party Australian Labor Party The Greens
Create a bi-partisan agreement to a plan to end the housing crisis by 2025, with the establishment of a coherent federal strategy to tackle housing affordability and homelessness, including a plan to reverse the trend to increased levels of homelessness amongst older people, especially women.  No Specific Policy  No Specific Policy  No Specific Policy
Increase Commonwealth Rent Assistance by 30%.  No Specific Policy  No Specific Policy  No Specific Policy
Establish a national mechanism to incorporate Universal Housing Design into all new home construction.  No Specific Policy  No Specific Policy  No Specific Policy

 

Other Priorities

  Liberal National Party Australian Labor Party The Greens
Establish a comprehensive national approach to eradicating elder abuse.  No Specific Policy  No Specific Policy  No Specific Policy
Ban unsolicited selling through telephone cold calling and door knocking.  No Specific Policy  No Specific Policy  No Specific Policy
Remove the exemption of aged care from ASIC's regulation of financial products.  No Specific Policy  No Specific Policy  No Specific Policy
Commit to ensuring all initiatives to move government service delivery and interaction with citizens online follow the principles of:
  • offering properly supported, quality non-digital alternatives
  • gradual transitions
  • acceptance that some consumers will need to be exempt from digital-based interactions for a variety of reasons.
 No Specific Policy  No Specific Policy  No Specific Policy
Establish a comprehensive, co-ordinated, plan of action on Climate Change:
  • reduce carbon emissions
  • mitigate the effects of climate change
  • support all Australians - particularly people with vulnerabilities - to prepare for and adjust to a changing climate and economy.
 No Specific Policy  No Specific Policy   No Specific Policy

 

Relevant commitments made other than those called for in COTA Australia’s Election Statement

ALP A National Strategy for an Ageing Australia and a Minister for Ageing
Greens  Universal dental care through Denticare
 ALP  Increase in ACCC budget for litigation and extending formal powers to conduct market studies in the public interest
 ALP  A full-time LGBTI Discrimination Commissioner to the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC)
 ALP $75m over four years in capped funding to convert casual employees into permanent employees, with access to appropriate training and support, in Department of Human Services (delivering Medicare, Centrelink and Child Support Program) 
Coalition   $50million to improve the digital literacy of older people and improve their safety online (through a digital inclusion and online safety strategy for senior Australians)

 

Along with our scorecard here is additional information provided by the ALP to COTA and The Greens Statement on Older Australians. We have not received a specific response at this time from the Coalition to our Election Statement.

ALP response to the COTA Election Scorecard

The Greens statement supporting older Australians

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