Senate Estimates Committees are an important but little-understood parliamentary process which allows senators from all sides to question officials and (Senate-based) ministers in detail about matters in their portfolio.
Labor has announced an ‘age-friendly nation’ policy which includes a national strategy to “harness the economic and social potential of older Australians” and a repurposed grants program to focus on “active ageing”.
Australia has fallen from 13th to 17th in an international ranking of the social and economic wellbeing of older people.
About 80 delegates will meet as part of the ‘National Reform Summit on Wednesday 26 August, to discuss the tax system, industrial relations and retirement incomes.
The Department of Social Services Ageing and Aged Care has called for applications under the 2015 Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR).
The ‘National Reform Summit was held in Sydney on Wednesday 26 August, to discuss the tax system, industrial relations and retirement incomes.
The Greens have struck a deal with the Government to pass its proposed changes to the age pension assets test.
Social services minister Scott Morrison has signalled a possible Government re-think on plans to index the age pension to changes in inflation (the Consumer Price Index) rather than to changes in male wages.
Age Discrimination Commissioner, Susan Ryan, says the Government must go further to ensure that older Australians will have the same opportunities to access paid work as everyone else.
The Government will index pensions, including the Age Pension and the Disability Support Pension, to inflation rather than to wages from September 2017.