Thursday, 18 June 2020
Questions without Notice: Additional Answers
I table correspondence from the Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians, Senator Colbeck, to Senator Walsh relating to an answer given during question time on Monday 15 June 2020. I also seek leave to have the correspondence incorporated into Hansard.
Senator the Hon Scott Ryan
CANBERRA ACT 2600
17 June 2020
I write with regard to a letter I received from Senator Walsh concerning an answer I provided on the retention bonus for aged care workers during Question Time on 15 June 2020, inviting me to correct the record.
The Government's words used during the announcement of the retention bonus were "up to" and "after tax". We did not say "tax free", as Senator Walsh's letter seeks to imply.
I stand by my statement in the Senate.
I have copied this letter to Senator Cormann and Senator Walsh.
Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann, Minister for Finance, Leader of the Government in the Senate Senator Jess Walsh, Senator for Victoria