Senate debates

Tuesday, 31 August 2021

Questions without Notice

COVID-19: Testing

2:46 pm

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

Again, it's an important question. One of the things that's a very important part of our overall management of COVID-19 is our test, track and trace capabilities. We saw in Victoria last year how important it was, and we see what's happening in other jurisdictions around the country now, where significant effort is being undertaken by states and territories in their testing regimes, their tracking and tracing, and their isolation of the virus. They all play a very important part in that process. You made the point yourself, Senator Lambie, when you talked about the fact that these tests aren't as accurate as the PCR tests that we're using in the broader process. We support the use of these tests under the conditions of approval by the Therapeutic Goods Administration and supported by the backup of a PCR test if there's an indicator, which is very important.


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