Senate debates

Thursday, 25 February 2021

Questions without Notice

Aged Care

2:11 pm

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

Thanks, Senator Pratt, for the question. I will continue to be cautious in the answer to this question with respect to what I say about the specifics of the allegations that have been made in this case, as I was in the question from Senator Sterle. These cases are subject to coroners' inquests. They're subject to independent review processes that have been commissioned and of course they have also been subject to a police investigation.

What I will say is that nobody in this place wants to see mistreatment of any senior Australian resident in aged care in this country. That is why we called the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, so that we could conduct a comprehensive review of the sector and we could put in place the appropriate regulatory regimes that support high-quality care for all senior Australians in the country.


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