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Hasluck MHR and Aged Care and Indigenous Health Minister Ken Wyatt and Prime Minister Scott Morrison chat with People Who Care clients in Guildford. Picture: ANITA McINNES

PM Morrison in Guildford for aged care announcement

IN a media conference which ranged from record-high fuel prices to the banking royal commission the one question, which did not get asked during Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s visit to Guildford was alleged bullying in Hasluck MHR Ken Wyatt’s ministerial office.

Echo News understands the incident is being investigated by the Department of Finance, which helps parliamentarians respond to allegations of bullying and harassment within their workplaces.

Mr Morrison and Mr Wyatt visited not-for-profit People Who Care’s head office in James St on Tuesday, October 2.

The community-based organisation provides community care and practical support services for people across the Perth metropolitan area and the South West.

After chatting to People Who Care clients Mr Morrison told journalists the Morrison Government was providing an additional $100 million over two years for aged care – which he said was new funding – to help seniors stay in their own homes longer.

Mr Morrison said the funding boost for the $5.5 billion commonwealth home support program (CHSP) would allow older Australians to age with dignity, choice and independence.

The five CHSP services which will be allocated extra money are domestic assistance, meals, transport, home maintenance and home modifications.

A targeted group of successful existing CHSP service providers will be given the extra funding to meet immediate growth needs during two years from 2018-19, with the first payments to providers in January next year.

About 1600 CHSP providers deliver home services to around 800,000 clients across the nation.

The growth areas to be funded will include household jobs like cleaning and laundry, general repairs and care of homes and gardens, modifications such as alarms, ramps and support rails, more transport for shopping and appointments and meals at home and in community centres.

The CHSP is available to people aged 65 years and over, or 50 years and over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 

It also includes support services for prematurely aged people on low incomes who are 50 years or over and are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

On Monday, October 1 FuelWatch advised that on Tuesday, October 2, all Coles Express sites were hiking their ULP price to 165.9 cpl (an increase of 20 cpl.

When a journalist asked about Perth’s record high fuel prices Mr Morrison said the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission was the independent cop on the beat and could take action, which he expected to happen.

When it came to the federal government’s promised GST package, which would deliver a 75-cent floor, Mr Morrison said the federal Opposition leader Bill Shorten standing in the way of the package becoming legislation.

Mr Morrison said he and WA Premier Mark McGowan were on a unity ticket when it came to the GST and  Mr Shorten was playing politics when calling for the banking royal commission to be given more time to hear from people who made submissions.

When a journalist asked him if the property market was a ticking time bomb he said he was worried what would happen if Labor got elected and then increased capital gains tax and abolished negative gearing.

In response to the crisis on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi caused by an earthquake followed by a tsunami Mr Morrison said the federal government had given $500,000 to the Indonesian Red Cross.

On Wednesday Mr Morrison said the government would provide an extra $5m in aid after the crisis, which had left more than 1200 people dead.

By Anita McInnes

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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