Senate debates

Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Questions without Notice

COVID-19: Aged Care

2:27 pm

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

As we've discussed a number of times in this chamber, there are responsibilities of varying parties with respect to who controls what particular matters. As I've said before in the chamber, the responsibility for the public health response to a COVID-19 aged-care outbreak lies with the state government. That information is actually confirmed in the agreement we have published on the New South Wales health department's website, and on ours—that the public health response lies with the New South Wales government.

Aged-care providers are all required to have an infection control management plan—

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