Labor promises to tackle issues for ageing population

Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk
Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk Kevin Farmer

A NEW taskforce would tackle infrastructure challenges related to ageing Queenslanders transitioning to aged accommodation if the Labor party returned to power after next year's State Election.

Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk, speaking at a Property Council of Australia lunch in Brisbane, said older Queenslanders would have improved future accommodation options under a policy to launch a new Queensland Infrastructure Plan within its first 12 months in office.

"One of the biggest challenges facing Queensland is our ageing population," she said.

"The current regulatory environment for residential aged or retirement accommodation is complex with overlapping and complex regulation.

"I think it's something we need to have a statewide conversation about right now, which is why I announced today that in government Labor would establish an Advisory Taskforce on the Residential Transition for Aging Queenslanders.

"The Queenslanders I talk to want to retain their independence into old age and control how and where they live.

"It is essential that people have the opportunity to stay close to loved-ones as they age and that care and accommodation is affordable.

"This is an issue that's going to affect all of us, but it's affecting a lot of Queenslanders now. Labor wants to work with industry to ensure all options are put on the table."


Topics:  ageing population politics

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