Senate debates

Wednesday, 30 March 2022


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

8:57 pm

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The second question is that second reading amendment on sheet 1497, circulated by the opposition, be agreed to.

Opposition 's circulated amendment—

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

(a) notes the:

(i) systemic, ongoing failures in Australia's aged care system as evidenced by the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety and 21 other expert reports since 2013,

(ii) inadequacy of the Government's response to the Royal Commission, including an unclear plan for reform implementation and deferred and curtailed legislative action on key issues including, but not limited to, transparency on the use of public aged care funding by aged care providers, and

(iii) Government's failures in providing safe, secure and high-quality care for aged care residents due to their historic cuts and poor management of the aged care sector; and

(b) acknowledges the:

(i) significant issues and concerns raised with the bill by stakeholders including providers, unions and the advocates of older Australians,

(ii) particular concerns raised about the consequences of this bill on the ability for aged care providers to recruit and retain staff to provide safe and quality care to older Australians,

(iii) Government's lack of action to recruit and retain workers to resolve the growing aged care workforce shortage crisis, and

(iv) foundation of any successful reform in the aged care sector must include ensuring there are more workers and that those workers are better paid; and

(c) calls on the Government to urgently address the growing aged care workforce shortage to ensure that older Australians receive the safe and quality care they deserve".

The Senate transcript was published up to 21:00.

Production of the Senate Hansard has been impacted by tonight's late rising of the Senate

The remainder will be available electronically on the afternoon of Thursday, 31 March 2022 .


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