Many seniors are become increasingly concerned that the NSW Government seems to have slowed up from making long-promised changes to legislation that governs the conduct of retirement village operators and their managers, according to the Seniors United Party of Australia.
"Two years ago, both TV and newspaper media began a successful campaign to highlight some of the unfair practices residents of retirement villages had complained to them about," Chris Osborne, leader of the Seniors United Party, said.
"There was much evidence on how and where many operators were not doing the right thing by residents, and that included exposing to the world how some operators were ripping residents off both financially and emotionally."
Mr Osborne said the then Minister of Innovation and Better Regulation, Matt Kean, commissioned what became known throughout the industry as the Greiner Inquiry to look into the allegations.
"The inquiry finished about 12 months ago with 17 recommendations for legislative changes found to be needed by the inquiry's principal Ms Kathrine Greiner AO," he said.
Mr Osborne said only six of the 17 recommendations for changes to the Act and Regulation had been promulgated at the time of the state election in March.
"The Government invited comments for and against their draft, and the understood plan was that new legislation needed to introduce these six changes would be operative from July 1, but we've heard nothing," he said.
Mr Osborne now asks: what about the other eleven recommendations?
"Let's have it out in the open now Minister: What's your plan?," he asked. "Are residents going to get these other eleven changes or not?
"If they are, then would you tell us when and why the delay?"