Senate debates

Wednesday, 30 March 2022


Aged Care and Other Legislation Amendment (Royal Commission Response No. 2) Bill 2021; Second Reading

8:50 pm

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We'll start with the circulated second reading amendments. The first question is that second reading amendment on sheet 1484 revised, circulated by the Australian Greens, be agreed to.

Australian Greens ' circulated amendment—

At the end of the motion, add ", but:

(a) the Senate affirms the importance of implementing the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety;

(b) the Senate notes that:

  (i) the aged care sector is in crisis due to this government's failure to support aged care residents, providers and workers,

  (ii) the Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services and the Prime Minister have refused to characterise this as a crisis, despite the number of deaths occurring on a daily basis,

  (iii) the government has failed to support the case for a 25 per cent pay increase for aged care workers, which would provide the support they need and deserve, and

  (iv) the government has failed to ensure that allied health services receive the funding they deserve to support aged care residents; and

(c) the Senate calls on the government to respond to the crisis in the aged care sector with the urgency that is required.


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