Aged care support instead taxpayer-funded politician perks

Nurses and carers have demanded changes to the aged care system after it was revealed some elderly Australians are forced to survive on just $6 of food a day.

And while old and frail pensioners have to get by with paltry meals, the nation's top politicians are free to put $181 of food and accommodation on taxpayer-funded expenses.

The shocking divide in care for our elderly and the perks of being an MP were exposed by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, which branded the state of affairs as 'a crisis that shames us'

'Our aged care system has been ignored by governments for far too long. Join us to make it better', reads a post shared to the union's Facebook page. 

Travelling allowance may be paid for meals and incidental costs only up to a limit of $181 per day

Travelling allowance may be paid for meals and incidental costs only up to a limit of $181 per day

Severe understaffing and under regulation of aged care facilities is leaving elderly Australians not properly fed. This is one example of a meal handed to the elderly 

Severe understaffing and under regulation of aged care facilities is leaving elderly Australians not properly fed. This is one example of a meal handed to the elderly 

Federal politicians can claim up to $181 for meals and 'incidentals', depending on where they live

A Bond University study found the average cost of an aged care meal came to $6.08.

Federal politicians can claim up to $181 for meals whereas elderly Australians are fed meals that will barely satisfy their hunger

Under the Parliamentary Entitlements Act 1990, Australian politicians' accommodation and sustenance at official establishments is funded by the taxpayer.

Federal politicians can claim up to $181 for meals and 'incidentals', depending on where they live.

'Where the costs of accommodation are met... travelling allowance may be paid for meals and incidental costs only up to a limit of $181 per day,' the document states.

Meanwhile, severe understaffing and under regulation of aged care facilities is leaving elderly Australians not properly fed, hydrated or safely given medication, alleged the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation.  

A Bond University study found the average cost of an aged care meal came to $6.08. 

'It's a crisis that shames us,' the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation has said. 'Our aged care system has been ignored by governments for far too long. Join us to make it better', reads a post shared to the union's Facebook page

'It's a crisis that shames us,' the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation has said. 'Our aged care system has been ignored by governments for far too long. Join

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