20 November 2015
of the Legislative Council
Population - Fraud and Financial Manipulation
FINCH Question to LEADER of the GOVERNMENT in the LEGISLATIVE
COUNCIL, Dr GOODWIN
are some concerns that with our ageing population, more older people
could be vulnerable to fraud and financial manipulation. If so, what
investigations have been done and what measures are the Government
considering to tackle this problem?
President, I thank the honourable member for Rosevears for his
question and also for recently arranging a meeting in Launceston with
some of his constituents who discussed with me the issue of financial
abuse, which is one form of elder abuse.
state Government acknowledges the devastating impact elder abuse, in
its various forms, can have on the older person involved and also
their family and friends. The current Elder Abuse Prevention Strategy
is for the period 2011-14. It is currently being reviewed and the
findings of the evaluation will inform the development of a new
strategy scheduled to be developed in the first part of 2015.
year legislation was passed which strengthened powers under the
Guardianship and Administration Act and the Powers of Attorney Act.
These acts provide for the appointment of a substitute decision-maker
in the event that a person loses capacity to make his or her own
decisions. Further legislative changes may be considered as part of
the consultation and development of a renewed strategy in 2015. As
part of the consultation and development of a renewed strategy in
2015, we will determine the best means of safeguarding older people
and upholding and protecting their rights.