Big issues confront older voters in the Federal election

The COTA Australia 2016 Federal Election Statement has called on all parties to better address the five key areas of health, aged care, retirement incomes, employment, and housing in their election policies.

Big issues confront older voters in the Federal election

Big issues confront older voters in the Federal election

Released: 14-Jun-2016

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The COTA Australia 2016 Federal Election Statement calls on all parties to better address the five key areas of health, aged care, retirement incomes, employment, and housing in their election policies.


“Thirty per cent of voters this election will be over 60 years of age, and half of those are over 70, which makes us an increasingly powerful voice politically,” COTA Australia CEO Yates said.

Despite this, there has been little focused discussion of the issues that these voters care about. This is underscored by the results of a national survey of more than 1,145 older Australians conducted by COTA Australia.

The survey found that the three top election issues for older Australians are access to quality health care services (77%); having adequate pensions (62%) and access to good quality aged care (57%).

Alarmingly, “the vast majority (87%) believe the Federal Government is not prepared to provide the services and support we will need as a nation to allow Australians to age well,” said Mr Yates.

To read the COTA Australia 2016 Federal Election Statement in full, click here: 2016 Federal Election Statement

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