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The National Elder Abuse Conference, held in Sydney in February, gathered more than 500 people from across Australia who share the view that ‘there is no excuse for elder abuse’.

We heard from the many agencies that are working to prevent and address elder abuse, and from financial institutions about their strategies to prevent financial abuse. There were debates about whether new laws should be introduced, and agreement that more needs to be done to raise community awareness about the extent and impact of elder abuse. We were pleased to hear the announcement from the Federal Attorney General, the Hon. Christian Porter, of support for a National Plan to address elder abuse and of funding for a national prevalence study. The Shadow Attorney General, the Hon. Mark Dreyfus, also committed to a bipartisan approach to implement the recommendations of the recent Australian Law Reform Commission report on a national legal response to elder abuse. Anyone who is experiencing elder abuse can call the Seniors Rights Victoria Helpline on 1300 368 821.

Our call for both parties to commit to an Agenda for Ageing in Victoria will be launched at Parliament House on 27 March at 1.00 pm. We will be highlighting the need for better planning for Victorian communities to seize the opportunities and face the challenges that the increased longevity of Victoria’s population brings.

In this election year we are keen to engage with as many Victorians 50+ to hear about the issues you would like raised with the candidates. If you know others who might like to be involved, please forward this newsletter to them and encourage them to sign up and keep in touch with our election campaign. We also encourage you to contact us via our website to express your views.

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