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The Loss of Moral Right
Jeff Kennett, past Premier of Victoria, says in the Herald Sun (Victoria),
15 July 2011, It's time to care more for those who care the most

Mr Kennett suggests we compare our system of care for disadvantaged and vulnerable people with that of a country like Sweden.

In Sweden the state supplies much of the assistance necessary to the parents to ensure both the children/adults and the parents can live as full a life as possible.

There are salaries for full-time carers, and financial assistance for the special equipment.. There is encouragement for the parents to continue to live a normal life, which includes both being employed.

The Swedish social system requires the community to pay higher taxes than here in Australia where we may not be prepared to pay similar. The NDIS proposal, about to go before the Federal Parliament, will test this.

Many parents have given up their whole lives to care for their son or daughter with a disability. These parents fear what will happen to their adult family member when they are no longer able to provide, or monitor 24/7 care.

When we recall how much money the community generates in taxes each year, how much we as citizens waste, or governments waste, surely we should have a more compassionate system of provision of care than currently exists.

Mr Kennett suggests the time has come when the Federal Government should establish a small team of qualified people to review how and to what extent we provide care in Australia, and see if we can develop a better and more compassionate system.

A few million dollars spent on a comprehensive review would be the most compassionate thing we have done in this country for a long time, says Mr Kennett.

At a time when the world is becoming increasingly commercial, when we express concern about climate change, and carbon taxes, surely the country is big enough to better assist those, who through no fault of their own, have children or adults who need special lifelong compassionate care.

LISA Inc. suggests there is a shocking loss of moral right and compassionate care for those who live in care, here in Australia.

The main alternative to continuing to live in the family home, is a supported accommodation group home. Getting into one is a lottery, and the level and quality of care is a lottery.

A large percentage of the group homes in the state of Victoria are government direct care. The residents and their families have few rights and no residential tenancy rights under the residential tenancies act (Victoria), despite they pay rent. The right is specifically denied under section 23 of the act.

The residents of government group homes are effectively living in a hostel, not a home. A hostel is generally recognised as management/staff directed, with guests having few rights in comparison with the staff, Whereas, a home is defined as a place of rights and ownership by those who's home it is.

Unlike Sweden, peace of mind for aging parents to depart this world is a lottery here in Australia.

Extra 1: NDIS will almost certainly fix most of the unmet needs, those on the waiting list for alternative accommodation to the family home, but its market place driven quality may not fix the present level and quality of care problems/concerns.

Extra 2: It is exactly twelve months since the Government of Victoria released its report in response to the report of the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into Supported Accommodation in Victoria, which was the result of numerous public submissions to the inquiry.

The million dollar question is, "Are the recommendations of the Government, reflective of the concerns expressed in the numerous public submissions?" That is to say, "Is the state government recognising public concerns, or is it a whitewash?"

We need someone to overview the intellectual disability aspect of the inquiry material, with respect to the above question. Can anyone help with this, please?

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