Senate debates

Thursday, 18 June 2020

Questions without Notice

Aged Care

2:56 pm

Photo of Richard ColbeckRichard Colbeck (Tasmania, Liberal Party, Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians) Share this | Hansard source

As I said in my answer to Senator Walsh's primary question, it does not mean 'not subject to tax'. As I've said in this chamber on a number of occasions this week—and Senator Walsh has acknowledged in her questions a number of times herself—the commitment that this government made to aged-care workers—who I might say are the only group within the Australian economy that have received specific support through the COVID-19 circumstance, in acknowledgement of their importance to managing COVID-19 within the aged-care sector—would be up to $800 and up to $600 for those working in home care. It's very, very important to acknowledge that fact. We've always said 'up to' those numbers. In fact, it's a significant contribution to aged-care workers of up to $1,600 and up to $1,200— (Time expired)

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