Senate debates

Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Questions without Notice

COVID-19: Aged Care

2:31 pm

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

As the COVID-19 National Health Plan contemplates, the national government provides—and this government built a significant stockpile of PPE at a time of global shortage. We do support residential aged care and we do that in cooperation with state governments. In fact, much of the PPE is channelled through state government services to providers around the country. So this is not an either/or situation. Both the Commonwealth and the states support residential aged-care providers, and that is what occurred in this particular circumstance. New South Wales provided support directly to Newmarch House and we backfilled their stockpile. So there is a cooperation and there was a cooperation at Newmarch House. My conversations on a regular basis with the— (Time expired)

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