Senate debates

Thursday, 3 September 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

The point I made earlier in question time was that, rather than waiting until the budget for the announcement of funding for the Serious Incident Response Scheme, my imperative is to ensure that that work can commence immediately. That's why, when I had the opportunity to ensure that this funding was available—$23 million for the implementation of the Serious Incident Response Scheme—I took that opportunity to ensure that that occurred. As I said in my answer to a previous question today, the incidents that have occurred are not acceptable. That's why we've incorporated into the Serious Incident Response Scheme resident-on-resident assaults, which previously hadn't been part of the program, and that's why we expanded it—

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