COTA Queensland, the seniors peak body representing 718,000 Queenslanders aged 65 and over, congratulates Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on leading the Labor Government to a second term in office.
COTA has welcomed the reappointment of Coralee O’Rourke as Minister for Seniors and congratulates her on the inclusion of Communities in her responsibilities. We look forward to continuing to work with the Minister for Seniors on the WHO Age-friendly Cities and Communities initiative.
By 2036, it is projected one in five Queenslanders will be aged 65 and over. Since 2005, we have been advocating for an age-friendly state where older people are valued, respected and actively engaged in their community and can stay in touch with people they care about and find the services and support they need. We welcome the Labor Governments continued support.
To achieve this, the key priorities must include:
- Addressing ageism and age discrimination
- Mature age employment
- Providing greater support for seniors’ housing needs, with concerted action to assist those seniors who are displaced from appropriate housing and made homeless
- Greater access to concessions for Commonwealth Health Care Card holders
- Concession increases in line with the rising cost of living
- Establishing an independent, well-resourced energy consumer advocacy body
- Safeguarding older Queenslanders from digital exclusion including from Government services
- Develop a State-wide Older Person’s Health Plan based on the World Health Organisation’s 2015 Health and Ageing Report
COTA Queensland will amplify the voices of older Queenslanders and welcome the opportunity to work with the returning Palaszczuk Government to ensure the rights, interest, and futures of Queenslanders as we age.