Seniors to contest NSW state election
THE Seniors United Party of Australia is planning for success in the upcoming NSW state election. Party Leader Chris Osborne said a team of 16 candidates would contest Upper House seats. Mr Osborne said the average age of the candidates was 69, with the oldest being 86 and the youngest 54. One nomination had come from a woman aged 98. "We also have a mix to represent the diversity of the party and the community as a whole, with female candidates, candidates from non-English speaking backgrounds, a person with a disability, a veteran and three candidates from rural NSW," he said. The party was formed four years ago by five seniors who had become frustrated over legislation on retirement villages which they believed favoured operators over residents, and the lack of regulation by the government over ride-sharing companies and the drastic effect on the taxi industry. "The party fielded candidates for the Senate in NSW at the 2016 election and did extremely well for their first time out, being eliminated in the preference count at position 25 out of 145 candidates," Mr Osborne said. Policies being taken to the state election include:
- Don't rebuild stadiums wasting $2 billion - use savings for a better hospital and aged care system
- No further privatisation of State assets - keep our assets for our grandchildren's future
- Better regulation of retirement villages - including an ombudsman
- Better services for Aged Care - registered nurses 24/7 & mandatory minimum staff ratios
- Reduce hospital waiting lists - and lower out-of-pocket costs for specialists
The party's full policy list can be found at www.supa.org.au.