Thursday, 27 February 2020
Questions without Notice
My question is to the Prime Minister. The aged-care minister has said about the closure of an aged-care home in my electorate, 'Decisions of this nature are a matter for the organisation's management,' and refused my community's requests for assistance. How can that be the government's position when it gave more than half a million dollars to an aged-care home in the member for Nicholls's electorate, a home which is now closed?
One of the things that we have done is to establish a Business Improvement Fund for aged-care facilities in rural and regional areas. That was announced in January. In particular, we have established that program precisely to address the issue of aged-care facilities in rural and regional areas—
Mr Bowen interjecting—
Thank you very much, Mr Speaker; you gave me a moment of hope there! Directly, in relation to the member's question with regard to her facility, I'm not aware of the dates or the details, which were not provided. I'm happy to deal with them. But the Business Improvement Fund was announced in January.
In relation to the other facts put forward: they are incorrect, and I say that because the program of working with the administrator with regard to Murchison began last year and has been an ongoing program of working with the administrator, and it also has an independent contractor advising it.