The Coalition is committed to properly caring for older Australians. This commitment is shown by the fact aged care funding has consistently grown by $1 billion a year. Spending in 2018-19 is $18.9 billion, almost $6.5 billion more than the last year of the previous government, which also regularly increased funding. Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced next year’s outlay of $662 million, which will include $280 million to fund 10,000 more home care packages. This recognises most older people, understandably, want to maintain independence in their homes for as long as they can. They want to be closer to family for support and to maintain precious links and be surrounded by the things that make a house a home. Support for home care has been a hallmark of the Coalition’s approach, and the package announced by the Prime Minister will no doubt be increased over time. About $320 million will also be added for those living in residential care. This is an increase of about $1800 per person. The Royal Commission into Aged Care, which began this week, will inevitably mean an even greater focus on the sector. It is clear major failings must be addressed. One of the greatest responsibilities of the government after the next election will be to ensure its response to the Commission is prompt, and make necessary changes to ensure older Australians are generously given the respect, support, gratitude and care they richly deserve.