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RC to hear ‘difficult stories’

Australia must be ready for some “difficult stories” but Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the aged care royal commission will rebuild trust in the sector, SBS News reports.

West Australian Supreme Court judge Joseph McGrath and former Australian Public Service Commissioner Lynelle Briggs have been appointed as the royal commissioners.

They will release an interim report into the aged care sector on October 31 next year, with a final report due on April 30, 2020.

“I think the country is going to have to brace itself for some difficult stories, some difficult circumstances, some difficult experiences,” Mr Morrison told reporters in Sydney on Tuesday.

“But that’s part of the process of this royal commission, to confront these stories honestly.

“To confront them in a way that helps us learn, to ensure they are not repeated in the future.”

He promised a “future-focused” royal commission that will learn from the mistakes of the past, and instill a national “culture of respect” towards elderly people.

“The royal commission will be the first step in re-establishing the trust that loved ones will be treated with dignity and with respect,” Mr Morrison said.

The inquiry will be based in Adelaide, where shocking abuse of residents in the state government-run Oakden nursing home was first uncovered.

It will also undertake hearings around the country, and will take evidence via video.

More than 5100 people contacted the government about the terms of reference, which were released last week.

Meanwhile, the number of elderly Australians waiting for home care packages has increased exponentially in the past year, 2GB says.


Ready for difficult aged care stories: PM announces royal commission (SBS News)

‘We can’t wait until the end of the royal commission’: Elderly home care waiting lists jump 40% (2GB)