Senate debates

Monday, 9 November 2020

Questions without Notice

Aged Care

2:59 pm

Photo of Jess WalshJess Walsh (Victoria, Australian Labor Party) Share this | Hansard source

My question is to the Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians. Gary Barnier is the ex-CEO of Opal Aged Care, who allegedly bullied relatives of residents, oversaw a facility where a resident was found with maggots in their mouth and admitted paying off a man whose blind and diabetic mother died because staff failed to act on the advice of doctors and send her to hospital. Since then, Mr Barnier has been granted $920,000 worth of contracts by the department, one in January and one in October, without tender. When did the minister first become aware of the allegations against Mr Barnier?


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