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Governments giving with one hand, taking with the other

Crikey readers have their say on aged care, Fairfax, the Greens and stamp duty.

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An aged-care debacle quietly looms

Watch out — poorly understood reforms to aged care are about to commence, and this anonymous aged-care worker warns it will end in disaster.

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Tax a tactic or one-term Tony?

Crikey readers talk the Commission of Audit and accommodation bonds for aged care.

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Meet the men cashing in on Australia’s aged care crisis

As the nation ages, developers are cashing in. After the stunning market debut of Japara Healthcare last week, Crikey investigates the government schemes making many rich.

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Young people stuck in nursing homes need more than the NDIS

Suitable accommodation for younger people with disabilities is hard to come by, writes Crikey intern Broede Carmody, and the NDIS won’t provide an answer.

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Sound and fury signifying not much as both sides embrace unity tickets

Despite the rhetoric of the election campaign, Labor and the Coalition are on the same page on nearly all of the issues that voters regard as important.

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Tips and rumours

Crikey needs YOU for our election coverage … aged care pay crisis looming? … Maccas v the gnomes …

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Coalition split on gay exemption aged-care providers don’t want

UPDATED: The Coalition wants to ensure church-run aged care providers can deny beds to gay people. But the organisations tell Crikey they don’t discriminate — and don’t want the protection to do it.

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Why you should care about aged care reforms

For those who’ve been left wanting more detail about the Federal Government’s aged care package, Rebecca de Boer offers an overview and explains the changes to community care.

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Essential: grim times for ALP but no interest in early election

There’s no groundswell in favour of an early election after the last week’s dramas, today’s Essential Report finds.

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A magic pudding for aged care funding

Crikey readers have their say.

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Aged care: treating the cause and consequences of bad price signals

The government has taken a significant step towards correcting the problems created by bad price signals in aged care.

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Our two-speed parliament

We already refer to our two speed economy (even though in reality it’s more like 12 speed) but what about our two speed parliament?

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Something new for something old: Gillard’s aged-care package

The government has today announced its long-awaited aged-care reform package.

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Crikey Blogs | FEDERAL|

Campaigners bring new life to aged care debate

A group of campaigners from around the country gathered in Canberra to rally the government for a response to last year’s Productivity Commission report Caring for Old Australians, writes Claire Maskell.

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The Baillieu Dump: terminally ill miss out on beds in Gippsland

A lack of palliative care beds in Gippsland means terminally ill patients may be missing out on vital early care, a palliative care co-ordinator has warned. Cassandra White reports.

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Crikey Blogs | FEDERAL|

Pressure will continue for aged care reform

Most stakeholders have broadly welcomed the recommendations of the government’s Caring for Older Australians report, although concerns have been raised in relation to the capacity of the workforce, writes Rebecca de Boer.

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Crikey Blogs | FEDERAL|

Long-term help wanted. Desperately.

An OECD report on ageing out this week foreshadows that spending on long-term care in OECD countries is set to double, even triple, by 2050, driven by ageing populations, reports Richard Farmer.

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Oz taxpayers picking up the tab for UK pensioners

There has never been much public sympathy for the frozen pensioners in the UK. It seems they are envied and imagined to be endlessly sipping sundowners on golf club verandahs, writes Ava Hubble.

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Crikey Blogs | FEDERAL|

The aged care sector and reform recommendations

The Productivity Commission has released draft recommendations for an overhaul of aged care, and the sector should strongly support this “landmark blueprint”, rather than allowing debate to degenerate into partisan arguments, writes Hal Kendig.

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Caring for older Australians: a rethink on funding and facilities

A Productivity Commission draft report into caring for older Australians recommends a rethink on how aged care facilities are funded and how residents pay for their accommodation. Emma Buckley Lennox looks at the submissions.

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Crikey Blogs | FEDERAL|

What do Australians really think of our health system?

Minister Nicola Roxon was quick to trumpet the findings of a recent survey into perceptions of our health system as evidence of supposed widespread support. However, she neglected to mention concerns many people have regarding aged care, writes Melissa Sweet.

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Sixth time lucky for aged-care communications

The Productivity Commission is starting what will be the sixth major inquiry into aged-care funding — a policy area that has become a no-go area because of poor initial communications, writes Noel Turnbull.

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Global Post | UNCATEGORIZED|

Too big for Japan

Are you too fat for Japan? Concerned about the prospect of an aging nation afflicted with cardiovascular disease and diabetes, Japanese lawmakers have set a maximum waistline size for anyone age 40 and older.

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The Australian | POLITICS|

Sparks fly over care for the aged

The aged-care sector is angry with Minister for Ageing Justine Elliot for deciding to “name and shame” them after the federal Government raised the stakes on substandard operators.

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