House debates

Tuesday, 29 November 2022

Questions without Notice

Aged Care

2:55 pm

Photo of Anika WellsAnika Wells (Lilley, Australian Labor Party, Minister for Aged Care) Share this | Hansard source

I thank the member for his question, because I know how hard he campaigned to see aged-care reform in this country. As he knows well, we inherited an aged-care system in complete crisis—one that was so bad that it needed a royal commission. This crisis is best articulated by a line from that royal commission final report that describes the attitudes of those now opposite. That report read:

At times in this inquiry, it has felt like the Government's main consideration was what was the minimum commitment it could get away with, rather than what should be done to sustain the aged care system so that it is enabled to deliver high quality and safe care.

The former government completed a mere six per cent of those royal commission recommendations in the time they had in office.


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