Merriwa seniors raise issues with Labor candidates at forum


More than 100 people attended a seniors forum in Merriwa.
More than 100 people attended a seniors forum in Merriwa.

MORE than 100 people attended a seniors forum in Merriwa recently, raising issues about aged care, pensions, Centrelink and self-funded retirement.

Attendees called for the ratio of carers to be legislated in aged care and for more spot inspections of facilities.

Labor spokeswoman for families and social sevices Jenny Macklin and Federal Senator Sue Lines. Picture: Martin Kennealey

They raised concerns about the processing times for pensions to be determined and the long waits on phone calls to Centrelink.

Federal Opposition spokeswoman for families and social services Jenny Macklin, Senator Sue Lines and Labor candidate for Pearce Kim Travers hosted the April 30 forum at the True North Church.

Labor candidate for Pearce Kim Travers.

“Many pensioners and seniors are doing it tough,” Ms Travers said.

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