Dear Editor,

The recent Coroners report on the disturbing case of elder abuse at New Norfolk raises a number of concerns.

It is hard to believe that we need laws to protect the elderly in modern day Australia, but it seems that we do ?

This is unfortunately not an isolated case where the elderly have been mistreated or exploited by offspring.

As the New Norfolk incident happened in 2010, it is disappointing that successive Governments have failed to take any remedial action to provide any solution.

The Coroner has made some sensible recommendations, and these should guide an urgent Government review and the introduction of suitable legislation, and a new organisation to closely monitor elderly care.
Stan Armstrong, Cygnet