CANDIDATE: Janelle Saffin.
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Saffin visits Woolgoolga retirement village

LABOR candidate for Page Janelle Saffin said her party would review aged care and health funding if elected, during a visit to Woolgoolga and District Retirement Village (WDRV) yesterday.

Ms Saffin and Shadow Minister for Disability Reform and Families and Payments, Jenny Macklin, met with WDRV CEO Sasha Andrews and board chairman Ian Wade to discuss potential "severe" impacts of recent federal budget cuts before answering questions from residents.

A WDRV representative said Nationals candidate Kevin Hogan and Greens candidate Kudra Falla- Ricketts have not responded to invitations to visit the village.

"The issue of most concern for our residents were cuts that would need to be made to staffing levels and care for them in residential settings over the coming months," the representative said.

"What message were politicians sending to older residents in our community, when the average cost of an aged care bed ... costs the taxpayer $165 per day, the average cost of a hospital bed is $1250 per day and the cost to keep a prisoner in jail is $292 per day?

"Residents of WDRV wanted to let politicians running in our local electorate know that they may be old and frail, but they are not invisible and they still vote."



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