Australia will need to say ‘Sorry’ (again!)

As the time to provide a submission to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety draws to a close, I remain deeply concerned nothing will change, in spite of the more than 8000 submissions, millions of dollars spent on the Royal Commission, and any likely outcomes or ‘recommendatons’.

Historically, the Australian government chooses to ignore the majority of the recommendations of most reports or Royal Commissions anyway, for example, The Henry Report into our tax system, of which 138 recommendations were made, and the Prime Minister at the time (Kevin Rudd), only bothered to implement 3. Therefore, one could be forgiven for wondering why, other than to appease voters, they bother to spend so much money and time on reports like this.

Sadly, it took about 200 years to say sorry for the way we had treated Aboriginal Australians…

Following the public national apology to Aboriginal Australians, this particular National Inquiry led to the Bringing them home report which was tabled in Parliament on 26 May 1997.

It contained 54 Recommendations on how to redress the wrongs done to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by the race-based laws and policies of successive governments throughout Australia.

I remain unsure just how many recommendations were implemented????

We need to say sorry to people living in residential aged care

My personal Submission to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality ad Safety, and my Witness Statement (go to 3:46:46 in the recording) on May 2019, is, I believe, the only submission and the only witness statement made so far, that suggests there will be a need for the government to say sorry (redress).

Submission page 2, point 12;

I anticipate our government will need to say sorry.

Submission page 3, point 17:

Frankly, I believe that just as Australians demanded the government to publicly say Sorry to Aboriginal Australians in 2008, so my grandchildren or great grandchildren will be asking their Prime Minister (or President} to say sorry for the way we have treated older people and people with dementia needing care in Australia. I truly am ashamed of my country; when I am working overseas, listening to government officials and many others make claims about how good the aged and dementia system is in Australia, and that we all have access to universal health care and to disability services, I am embarrassed, as I know it is not true.

It is more than obvious, at least to me and a few others, that we will need recommendations on how to redress the many wrongs done to people living in residential care, with, and without dementia.

Feel free to read the Intertim Report if you are bored, but in my opinion, it really is lacking in terms of addressing a solution to the systemic violence, exploitation, and the very serious and systemic abuse, and the gross dehumanisation and underestimation of people with (and many without) dementia, who ‘reside’ in residential aged care in Australia. I’ve been advocating for human rights in aged care for years, and used the image below in 2014!

It is six year since I posyed this provocative blog and image, and sadly, very easy to understand why I do not believe anything has changed.

Despondent…

 

2 thoughts on “Australia will need to say ‘Sorry’ (again!)

  1. I guess it is what we always knew that a Royal Commission is just about procrastination and the opportunity to look as though the government is doing something. There was very little information presented about which the government was not fully aware, whatever the pretence. It can now be put on the back-burner again, based on the story, that it is under review. In the meantime, the breach of human rights continues!!!

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