Senate debates

Wednesday, 19 September 2018



6:37 pm

Photo of Jacinta CollinsJacinta Collins (Victoria, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Cabinet Secretary) Share this | | Hansard source

by leave—I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

  (i) the former Treasurer, Mr Scott Morrison, was the architect of significant cuts to aged care to the tune of $1.2 billion in the 2016-17 Budget,

  (ii) Mr Morrison's $1.2 billion cut to aged care came on top of the almost $500 million from aged care funding Mr Morrison cut in the 2015 MYEFO,

  (iii) you don't fix aged care by cutting funding to it, and

  (iv) after 5 years of cuts, dithering and inaction on aged care, the Government has essentially called for a royal commission into itself;

(b) condemns:

  (i) the Morrison Government for failing to take responsibility for these cuts, and

  (ii) the current Prime Minister's refusal to rule out further cuts to aged care in Australia;

(c) calls on the Federal Government to ensure the Royal Commission into Aged Care examines the impact of the Liberals' years of cuts; and

calls on the Federal Government not to wait for the royal commission to start fixing the crisis it has created.