Shorten seeks new deal to end ‘climate change wars’
ScoMo promises action on abuses in aged care
AUSTRALIA will commit to higher targets to cut emissions if Labor wins the next election after Bill Shorten declared he wanted to end the “climate climate change wars”.
Confirming g he would resur- rect a tougher r version of Mal- colm Turnbull's s junked National Energy Guarantee, Mr Shorten said he wanted to o work with moder- ate Liberals for some d degree of bipartisan support for laws to reduce carbon emissions.
The Opposition Leader said he was prepared to revive some elements of the NEG in a move that leaves open the option of a new national deal to ensure energy supply. “The Government did some work on this N National Energy G Guarantee and we w are prepared to use that as part of o our framework going g forward,” Mr M Shorten (pictured) tu told ABC TV’s Insiders. I Insisting voters were “sick and tired of the climate change wars”, Mr Shorten said the Liberal Party had been “taken over” by “climate denialists”. PRIME Minister Scott Morrison has vowed to take action on abuses of the elderly before the completion of his planned royal commission.
Warning he expected the inquiry would reveal “bruising” details of poor treatment in the aged-care system, Mr Morrison said that there was an urgent need to improve standards. He said he had received briefings about a “disturbing trend” of non-compliance, neglect and failings in the residential and in-home aged-care system.
“I think we should brace ourselves for some pretty bruising information about the way our loved ones, some of them, have experienced some real mistreatment,” he said.
The terms of reference for the royal commission are still being drawn up, but are expected to cover the quality of care, support for people with dementia and the treatment of young people with disabilities who live in aged-care facilities.
Mr Morrison said funding had not been decided, but was likely to be between $50 million and $75 million.
Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt was forced to back down from a warning that the money would be better spent on addressing the problems instead of an inquiry. EDITORIAL P24