Aged care reforms need examining

Shadow Assistant Minister for Regional Health and Member for Mallee Anne Webster has called on the Government to examine its aged care reforms through a regional lens and abandon a cookie cutter approach to ensure the viability of smaller Aged Care centres. In Mallee, Dimboola’s Allambi Elderly Peoples Home has announced its closure due to…

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Utilising a ready workforce

Giving older Australians and Veterans more incentive to re-enter the workforce is a no-brainer to help address labour shortages, Federal Nationals Member for Mallee Anne Webster says. In June, the Coalition announced its policy to double the Age and Veteran Service Pension Work Bonus Scheme from $300 to $600 dollars per fortnight – or to…

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The Australian: Complaints to energy watchdog double amid crisis

Complaints about the conduct of energy companies almost doubled to 761 in May as the energy crisis wracked the eastern seaboard amid fears there would be a “rolling tsunami of business ­closures” in regional Australia. The Australian can reveal complaints to the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission and Australian Energy Regulator, a subsidiary of the consumer…

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