Senate debates

Thursday, 3 September 2020

Questions without Notice

Aged Care

2:59 pm

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

I completely reject the premise of Senator Wong's question. This government has continued to progress the interests of residents in aged care across the country. We called the royal commission into residential aged care because we wanted a forensic investigation of the entire residential aged-care sector. We have continued to reform the sector while the royal commission is being conducted, despite the royal commission saying that they didn't want to be investigating a moving target. We have continued the important reforms. Important reforms like the Serious Incident Response Scheme, like the new code of conduct for residential aged-care residents, like the new quality standards for residential aged care across the board and like the creation of the new Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission. I have, and this government has, continued to reform this sector while the royal commission is doing its work. We look forward to its report in February next year.

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