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16 Jun 17

Elder abuse report ‘an important milestone’

Seniors and legal centres call for government to enact new elder abuse recommendations while providers say report will inform ongoing reviews.

Seniors have called on the federal and state governments to act on the Australian Law Reform Commission’s recommendations for tackling elder abuse.

Council on the Ageing Australia said the ALRC’s report “provides a comprehensive, considered and proactive blueprint for seriously tackling elder abuse across Australia.”

The recommendations would also help reverse the “growing incidence of abuse suffered by far too many older Australians,” COTA said in response to the report released on Wednesday.

The report outlines 43 recommendations for changes to Australia’s laws governing a range of areas including guardianship, family agreements, banking and superannuation. A third of the commission’s recommendations centre around aged care.

By Darragh O'Keeffe, AAA

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