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United Welcomes Call For National Plan On Ageing

September 1999


UNITED WELCOMES GREY POWER AND AGE CONCERN CALL FOR NATIONAL PLAN ON AGEING


United New Zealand leader, Hon Peter Dunne, strongly agrees with Grey Power and Age Concern that the country needs a national plan on ageing.

He says that has been a consistent priority for United since 1996, and remains so today.

“As part of the Government in 1996, United established the Prime Ministerial Task Force on Positive Ageing, as a first step towards the development of such a national plan.”

“Our own comprehensive Golden Plan for Positive Ageing released earlier this year builds on the work of the Task Force and remains the only full strategy prepared by any Party in the lead-up to this year’s election,” he says.

Mr Dunne says that for too long issues affecting older New Zealanders have been seen in terms of superannuation only.

“While income security is undoubtedly a critical factor, we must also look at the wider range of issues like access to health services; legal protections against discrimination; provision of life long educational opportunities; and, recognition of voluntary contributions made to community organisations by retired people.”

“Our Golden Plan addresses all these issues, and it is pleasing to see that this approach is the same as that now being advocated by Grey Power and Age Concern,” he says.


ENDS


Details of the Golden Plan are available on United New Zealand’s website
New Zealand’s Liberal Party


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HON PETER DUNNE, MP
LEADER UNITED NEW ZEALAND
Parliament Buildings, Wellington 1.

e-mail: peter.dunne@parliament.govt.nz. Internet Address: http://www.united.org.nz

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