Senate debates

Thursday, 3 September 2020

Questions without Notice

Aged Care

2:56 pm

Photo of Penny WongPenny Wong (SA, Australian Labor Party, Leader of the Opposition in the Senate) Share this | Hansard source

My question is to the Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians, Senator Colbeck. In June the minister announced that a serious incident report scheme would be operational in 2021. In fact, today in question time the minister referenced this announcement as an example of his actions. Can the minister confirm that the establishment of this scheme will be four years after it was first recommended in 2017? Can the minister explain to the Senate why he and the Morrison government have taken four years to heed the warnings of the report Elder abuse—a national legal response and establish the scheme?

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