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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 04 Hansard (Thursday, 22 April 2021) . . Page.. 1128 ..


Mr Gentleman asserted that nobody is leaving the ACT looking for greener pastures. Ms Vassarotti asserted that everyone was staying here in Canberra because this government is doing so many wonderful things to keep them here. I refer Mr Gentleman and Ms Vassarotti to the article from Katrina Condie in the RiotACT today. She says:

With vacant lots getting harder to find in Canberra, a new land release in the capital has been fast-tracked.

Demand for the 30 blocks at South Jerrabomberra is expected to be high when they hit the market … on Saturday, 1 May.

She continues:

Village Building Co CEO Travis Doherty said the new release is welcome news for buyers who are currently looking to secure hard-to-find land in the Canberra region.

Ministers Gentleman and Vassarotti, and the whole of the coalition of Labor and the Greens, continue to ignore the steady stream of families and individuals who, out of frustration, are purchasing the sort of dwelling they want on the sort of block they want over the border in New South Wales.

Seniors—elder abuse and ageism

DR PATERSON (Murrumbidgee) (5.34): I draw the attention of the Assembly to the concerns and perspectives of our elderly residents in the ACT. As Australia’s population continues to age, a growing concern is the welfare afforded to older residents. Unfortunately, the erosion of federal support and societal perception and attitudes undermine the ability of some older Australians to enjoy their retirement or ongoing work.

The 2021 Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety found systemic financial, mental and physical abuse in some aged care facilities. The elderly have been treated as a column on a budget sheet, not a vulnerable group of people who deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.

Many older people who I have talked with have expressed feelings of isolation in the wider society, particularly if they are living alone. COVID-19 has magnified these feelings of loneliness and social isolation for many.

Further to this, older people are increasingly isolated in our community through the impact of technology. As older people struggle to keep up with technology and smartphones, they fall further behind and become more and more isolated, as they are simply unable to engage. This is why community- and government-led initiatives have never been more important.

Taking this a step further, I would like to discuss gendered ageism. Gendered ageism encapsulates the disproportionate effects of ageism which women experience relative to men. We have heard a lot in the media lately about workplace inequality in


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