Mr Henschke announced his retirement from the national broadcaster late last year after more than three decades of service. At the time he’d indicated that as well as spending time with his young daughters, writing and teaching, he planned to do some advocacy work in the not-for-profit sector.
In his new role, areas Mr Henschke is keen to work on include an increasing focus on collaboration with other groups, developing policies grounded in robust research, and building on the efforts of members.
Also high on the list of priorities will be improving mature age employment outcomes and making housing more affordable.
“We need to move beyond the divisive generational arguments and develop solutions that will last beyond the next election,” he says. “It’s exciting to be a part of National Seniors. I look forward to working with it to help improve the lives of older Australians.”
National Seniors’ Chief Executive Officer Dagmar Parsons says the role of Chief Advocate will build upon the successes of the past and transform engagement with the over 50s.
“We want to raise the profile of older people in the political debate and strengthen the collective voice of our members,” she says. “National Seniors is very fortunate to have Mr Henschke.”
“He is well respected and his broad expertise across media, facilitating conversations on national and international policies will be invaluable,” Ms Parsons adds.