Se­niors air con­cerns to shadow min­is­ter

Southern Telegraph - - News - Ce­cilia Allen

About 200 se­niors at­tended a fo­rum and af­ter­noon tea hosted by Brand MHR Madeleine King at the Gary Hol­land Com­mu­nity Cen­tre last week.

Join­ing Ms King was shadow min­is­ter for so­cial ser­vices Jenny Mack­lin, South Metropoli­tan Po­lice Com­mu­nity En­gage­ment Unit co-or­di­na­tor Sergeant Paul Trim­ble and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from South­ern Com­mu­ni­ties Ad­vo­cacy Le­gal Ed­u­ca­tion Ser­vice.

Ms King said the fo­rum en­abled se­niors to raise their con- cerns di­rectly with Ms Mack­lin while hear­ing about La­bor’s poli­cies ahead of the next elec­tion.

“Se­niors had con­cerns about the cost of pri­vate health in­surance and cost of liv­ing pres­sures, both is­sues that are reg­u­larly raised by peo­ple of all ages in the com­mu­nity,” she said.

Ms Mack­lin spoke about “La­bor’s fight” to pro­tect two mil­lion Aus­tralians re­ceiv­ing the En­ergy Sup­ple­ment, which the Turn­bull Gov­ern­ment wants to axe, and her fight against the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s plan to in­crease Aus­tralia’s pen­sion age to 70.

“Pen­sion­ers in WA would face a cut of $14 a fort­night if the en­ergy sup­ple­ment was axed,” she said.

“Frankly, there shouldn’t be any cuts to pen­sions.”

South­ern Com­mu­ni­ties Ad­vo­cacy Le­gal Ed­u­ca­tion Ser­vice rep­re­sen­ta­tives spoke about elder abuse and how to recog­nise when their friends or neigh­bours could be in trou­ble.

Sgt Trim­ble’s pre­sen­ta­tion about per­sonal se­cu­rity pro­vided use­ful tips on how to keep safe in ev­ery­day sit­u­a­tions.

Shadow min­is­ter for so­cial ser­vices Jenny Mack­lin ad­dressed about 200 se­niors at the Gary Hol­land Com­mu­nity Cen­tre last week.

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