Senate debates

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Questions without Notice

Senator Ronaldson, Domestic and Family Violence

2:55 pm

Photo of George BrandisGeorge Brandis (Queensland, Liberal Party, Attorney-General) Share this | Hansard source

Senator Ronaldson, today I also released a report by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, which I commissioned last year, which is a scoping study to define the nature and scope of the problem of elder abuse in Australia. The institute examined Australian and overseas research to develop a picture of the nature of the abuse of older people. This work identified elder abuse in financial, physical, sexual and psychological forms. That includes mistreatment and neglect. That report adds to another initiative that the government took, and that is the decision last year to ask the Hon. Susan Ryan AO, the Age Discrimination Commissioner, to conduct an inquiry into employment discrimination against older Australians. Ms Ryan's report is due in May.

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