Wednesday, 26 February 2020
Anne Urquhart (Tasmania, Australian Labor Party) Share this | Hansard source
At the request of Senator Keneally, I move:
(1) The Senate notes that:
(a) the Morrison Government has announced that it intends to privatise Aged Care Assessment Teams (ACAT) from April 2021;
(b) the Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians said claimed he is implementing a recommendation from the Tune Review;
(c) the Tune Review made no such recommendation;
(d) the Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians also claimed he is implementing a recommendation from the Royal Commission into the Aged Care Quality and Safety; and
(e) the Royal Commission made no such recommendation.
(2) The Senate condemns the Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians for failing to adequately explain his decision to privatise the ACAT, despite neither the Tune Review nor Royal Commission making any such recommendation.
(3) At 9:30 am on 27 February 2020, before government business is called on, the Senate requires the Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians to attend the Senate to:
(a) provide an explanation as to why the Morrison Government is continuing with its tender of ACAT services despite the fact the Royal Commission has stated that it has yet to make recommendations about which sector or mechanism should deliver ACAT-type services; and
(b) that a senator may, at the conclusion of the explanation, move without notice, that the Senate take note of the explanation.