LETTER: A big day for Seniors in Queensland election

THANKS to over 1,100 people who took the time to do our Election Survey, we have released the findings and the COTA Election Statement.

Given that thirty per cent of voters this election will be over 60 years of age, and half of those over 70, we are an increasingly powerful voice politically and it's important our voices are heard.

Overwhelmingly you told us that you top three election issues are access to quality health care services (77%); having adequate pensions (62%) and access to good quality aged care (57%).

The vast majority of you(87%) believe Australia is not prepared to provide the services and support we will need as a nation to allow Australians to age well.

When you are thinking about who you'll vote for, issues of importance are ensuring the quality of Australia's health system (52%) management of the economy (38%) and a fair taxation system (28%)

And while many of you told us that financially you get by ok and can even afford a small luxury here and there, for those on the pension 78% believe it's simply not enough to live on by itself.

Given these and other findings, we are asking all political parties to step up to the plate and ensure older Australians are a priority this election.

We are seeking them to commit to measures that protect Medicare, improve access to aged care, end discrimination against older workers and create bipartisan agreement around housing affordability.

You can see our full Election Statement here: http://www.cota.org.au/election2016/platform

Thanks again for your incredible support. We are thrilled that so many of you gave your time and helped us shape our election proposals this year.

With three weeks to go to polling day it's a great time to get them to listen!

Ian Yates
CE, COTA Australia

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