Parties woo seniors

Colin Barnett, with Helen Page and her great grandson Lleyton.
Colin Barnett, with Helen Page and her great grandson Lleyton.

The centrepiece of the policy is a $5.3 million program to support grandparents who are looking after children full time and do not receive financial support.

Speaking at the Wanneroo Botanical Gardens, Mr Barnett said grandparents would receive $400 per year for the first child under 16 and $250 for additional children.

‘Some grandparents selflessly take on the role of caring for their grandchildren full time with the kind of love and support that no Government can provide,’ he said.

Labor’s seniors policy included a pledge to give seniors who don’t have a valid driver’s licence a free photo ID.

‘Even simple things like no longer holding a licence means many elderly people have no form of photographic identification and this lack of identity can further marginalise,’ Opposition Leader Mark McGowan said. ‘Without photo identification, everyday transactions such as opening a bank account, cashing a cheque or receiving international mail can be difficult.’

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