Whew – what an exciting weekend! We held our rally on the steps of Parliament in South Australia, and hosted speakers of nearly every political party contesting the March election, as well as family members and aged care workers. We were bolstered by incredible support from the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, who we would like to thank very much for their efforts.
Here are a couple of news reports from the day:
We would like to thank all of our speakers for coming out and making the day such a huge success.
Statement from ARAS – more information here: ARAS
Kelly Vincent, Dignity Party Facebook Post
Stewart, Oakden Legacy Oakden Legacy
Margaret, a family member (see Ten News link above for some of Margaret’s moving story about her husband)
Tony Zappia, Australian Labor Party
Annabel Digance, Labor SA Twitter
Noleen, petition creator and family member – read more here: Petition
Lyndall, co-founder of Aged Care Reform
Carolyn, family member (See Carolyn speaking in the Nine News video link above)
Stephen Wade, Liberal Party SA
Annie Butler, ANMF Video
Tammy Franks, Greens SA Video of speech
Gaynor, co-founder of Aged Care Reform
Kelly Gladigau, SA Best Candidate for Hammond Facebook post
Rob Brokenshire, Australian Conservatives SA
Frances Bedford, Independent MP for Florey Facebook post
Kim and Honorine, care workers and petitioners who traveled from Victoria with the generous support of the Health Workers Union Petition
Alma, family member from Oakden
Two anonymous care workers who submitted statements.
Tanya and Maria, ATSI representatives
Nigel Ford, who performed three spoken word poems for the audience
It was a truly amazing day, full of emotion and hope – the hope that those with the power to make change were truly listening.
Where to from here? We hope to keep the momentum rolling, so please keep in touch. We will start outlining our future plans soon.