Senate debates

Monday, 13 February 2017


Palliative Care Tasmania

3:42 pm

Photo of Catryna BilykCatryna Bilyk (Tasmania, Australian Labor Party) Share this | | Hansard source

I seek leave to amend general business notice motion No. 193 standing in my name and in the name of Senator Polley for today.

Leave granted.

I, and also on behalf of Senator Polley, move:

That the Senate—

Senator Bilyk, also on behalf of Senator Polley, amended general business notice of motion no. 193 by leave and, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

  (i) Labor in Government provided $2.67 million over four years to Palliative Care Tasmania to deliver the Networking End of Life Care Across Tasmania project as part of the $63.2 million Better Access to Palliative Care (BAPC) program,

  (ii) the project has delivered education on end of life and palliative care, death, dying, grief and bereavement which has reached more than 15 000 Tasmanians,

  (iii) the BAPC program has increased the number of Tasmanians dying at home, in their preferred setting, to 26 per cent compared with 14 per cent nationally,

  (iv) prior to the last federal election, Labor committed to provide funding of $2.3 million over three years to allow Palliative Care Tasmania to continue its important work, and

  (v) in the absence of any funding commitment from the Australian Government, Palliative Care Tasmania is expected to close its doors due to a lack of funding; and

(b) condemns the Turnbull Liberal Government for its failure to secure the future of Palliative Care Tasmania.

Question agreed to.