House debates

Thursday, 27 August 2020

Questions without Notice

COVID-19: Aged Care

2:47 pm

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

My question is to the Prime Minister. On 12 August, the royal commission heard that some aged-care workers in Victoria still cannot get masks, gloves or gowns. Why?

Photo of Greg HuntGreg Hunt (Flinders, Liberal Party, Minister for Health) Share this | | Hansard source

I've largely answered this, but I might add to it—

Hon. Members:

Honourable members interjecting

Photo of Greg HuntGreg Hunt (Flinders, Liberal Party, Minister for Health) Share this | | Hansard source

In relation to the—

Honourable members interjecting

Photo of Anthony AlbaneseAnthony Albanese (Grayndler, Australian Labor Party, Leader of the Opposition) Share this | | Hansard source

It's a reasonable point!

Photo of Tony SmithTony Smith (Speaker) Share this | | Hansard source

No interjection is reasonable! The minister has the call.

Photo of Greg HuntGreg Hunt (Flinders, Liberal Party, Minister for Health) Share this | | Hansard source

As I said, more generally across the country, 14 million masks have been provided to aged-care facilities. In relation to gowns, three million have been provided. In relation to sets of gloves, 7.66 million pairs have been provided to aged-care facilities. In relation to, specifically, P2 respirators, there are approximately 1.3 million. And, over yesterday, we had approximately 50,000 masks provided within Victoria. So there is an ongoing and continuous supply made available. I am aware that, in some facilities, they may have had distribution challenges, but what we do, whether it's through AUSMAT, whether it's through the work of the Victorian Aged Care Response Centre—

Mr Albanese interjecting

Mr Dutton interjecting

Photo of Tony SmithTony Smith (Speaker) Share this | | Hansard source

It might actually assist the House if the Leader of the Opposition and the Minister for Home Affairs ceased their very loud conversation.

Photo of Peter DuttonPeter Dutton (Dickson, Liberal Party, Minister for Home Affairs) Share this | | Hansard source

It was cordial.

Photo of Tony SmithTony Smith (Speaker) Share this | | Hansard source

Yes, it was cordial, but it's still disruptive!

Photo of Anthony AlbaneseAnthony Albanese (Grayndler, Australian Labor Party, Leader of the Opposition) Share this | | Hansard source

We're united on—

Photo of Tony SmithTony Smith (Speaker) Share this | | Hansard source

Are you? Yes. Okay. There's a great anteroom out there; do you want to go? The minister has the call.

Photo of Greg HuntGreg Hunt (Flinders, Liberal Party, Minister for Health) Share this | | Hansard source

In addition, through AUSMAT and the ADF, through the work of the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commissioner and through the Victorian Aged Care Response Centre, we engage with every facility that has need, and we work with the National Medical Stockpile to ensure that those distributions are made. The other thing that I would add is that there have been 3,167,245 goggles or face shields distributed to aged care in Victoria.