The following message is from Robert Gow, Qld Campaign Manager of the Carers Alliance. The Carers Alliance are running candidates for the senate around Australia
more info – http://www.qld.carers.org.au/
Many thanks for the support you have all given, the election draws near
and we are getting many contacts from carers who are desperately
seeking a better deal.
Carers are asking questions, like:
Why will Indonesian Orang-utans receive several thousand dollars each
over 4 years when Australian Carers will only receive an average of
$15.38 each per annum for the next 5 years according to the government’s
Carers days are numbered at the rate of interest that governments are
showing. Will they join the ranks of endangered species though sheer
neglect by government?
Have you seen our You Tube Video?
When you visit it please click on the favorite’s link. This will
promote the clip and therefore the issue onto the political agenda and may
gain us some more much needed press before Saturday.
Over the last two weeks we have published stories of difficulties that
Carers are having with Centrelink. Many other carers have contacted us
regarding their problems with the same body. There have been three
overriding themes emerge:
• The officiousness and inflexibility of Centrelink staff
• The rudeness and flippancy of Ministerial staffers, and
• The non-responsiveness to issues raised by carers with Ministers,
Shadow Ministers and local Federal members (not even the courtesy of a
It has become clear that carers are a home grown endangered species.
We are a finite resource – we will not live forever. We cannot continue
to be exploited as a perceived cost effective alternative to a
properly funded community support system. Governments are consigning carers
and our sons, daughters, family members who require support and
assistance, to the scrap heap.
Many of the 2.6 million Australian Carers and the other people that
they influence (estimated to exceed 6.5 million) will ask “How do I make
my vote ensure a future for our carers if neither party is serious about
There is only one option; send a carer to Canberra and force government
to take notice. A vote for the Carers Alliance Party is the only
course of action for voters that want to influence the next government to
make critical changes before carers are extinct in our population.
Without support Carers will become an extinct sub-species of the
Australian community. Most are at breaking point and many are desperately
beyond. At current rates of neglect many of the 2.6 million carers will
join the ranks of those who need care. It will become a vicious circle
and where does that leave the country?
Once again, please forward this to your mailing list and request that
they do the same.
Don’t forget to visit the web site, http://www.qld.carers.org.au. We
have had over 80,000 hits this month alone.
so many thanks,
Qld Campaign Manager