House debates

Tuesday, 23 May 2023

Questions without Notice

Aged Care

3:03 pm

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

Having had 15 long months with the final report of the royal commission into aged care, having chosen to address only nine of 148 recommendations, when the opposition raises the 24/7 nursing policy, they don't have a stance on a 24/7 nursing policy. They don't have a position on 24/7 nurses. They walk in here, having not used 15 months to address the problem and still do not have a position on an aged-care 24/7 nursing policy. They didn't do it. They didn't fund it. They didn't roll it out. They didn't address the workforce crisis that dawned on their watch.

We are addressing a workforce crisis that stems from 2017, $2.5 billion worth of funding cuts that they chose to make, which set in place a rolling crisis of neglect, addressed by a royal commission. Even now, they walk into this chamber and say, 'We see that you are urgently acting to address the crisis. How dare you do it so quickly? How dare you act so quickly?' (Time expired)


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