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Lobby says education policy discriminates against older Australians

The independent Catholic lobbyist PolMin has called on Federal Parliament to immediately reform Australia's education policy so that it no longer actively discriminates against older Australians.

"The Intergenerational Report release in 2002 identified that by 2010 there will be more Australians aged 50 years and over than there will be aged below 50 years," said PolMin spokesperson Mr James McGillicuddy.

Australia's ageing population is attributed to improvements in health and the decline in the birth rate. To sustain an ageing population, the Prime Minister and other senior leaders have acknowledged that older Australians will need to remain at work well beyond the current accepted retirement age of 65 years.

Mr McGillicuddy said that if older Australians are to remain in the workforce, they need to continually re-skill themselves.

"This re-skilling can only be done through Australia's universities and TAFE colleges," he said. "Unfortunately, both are not geared toward older students. This means Australia's education policy contains a fundamental structural flaw that actively discriminates against older Australians by making difficult, if not impossible, their re-skilling."

PolMin - Australian Political Ministry Network Ltd - is a national independent membership organisation committed to bringing about systemic change in Australian society through the influencing of public policy for the common good in accordance with the principles of Catholic social teaching.


Intergenerational Report
Deaths may beat birth rate (Herald-Sun)
Older male workers choose to stay on (The Age 27/8/03)
Baby boomers won't live happily ever after (The Age 28/8/03)

3 Sep 2003