Current State Government initiatives in protecting the legal rights of older people
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Rights of elderly people can be examined under two general headings; rights which they share with all other citizens, such as common law rights and consumer rights; and rights which arise because of their special vulnerabilities, particularly when one leaves one's long standing place of residence and moves into a new form of accommodation, accommodation which is occupied solely because of vulnerability, whether physical, social or economic. The State Governments, however have a wide range of responsibilities in the human services, and have complex legal structures and thus are in a position, both legally and politically, to address the rights of elderly people, or any other group of people.
Speech given at the International Society of Family Law, 6th World Conference, "Law and the Elderly", Tokyo, Japan, April 7-12, 1988 by Adam Graycar, Commissioner for the Ageing, Adelaide, South Australia. Also published in Eekelaar, J.M., Laslett, P. & Pearl, D., (1989). An aging world: dilemmas and challenges for law and social policy, Oxford: Clarendon Press. pp. 401-413. This speech is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/