Shorten seeks new deal to end ‘cli­mate change wars’

ScoMo prom­ises ac­tion on abuses in aged care

The Courier-Mail - - FEDERAL POLITICS -

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

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