Monday, 21 June 2021
Victoria: Floods, COVID-19
I seek leave to move general business notices of motion Nos 1139 and 1140, and that they be determined without amendment or debate.
I move general business notices of motion Nos 1139 and 1140 together:
That the Senate—
(a) recognises that, over the course of the last week, heavy rains and strong winds have devastated significant parts of Victoria, particularly in the Gippsland region;
(b) notes that, as a result of these weather conditions, many Victorians have incurred significant damage to their homes and businesses and that some remain without electricity, communications services and ready access to drinking water;
(c) acknowledges the tireless work of emergency service personnel and volunteers who have laboured to protect life and property and restore services to those in need; and
(d) expresses its sincere condolences to those who have regrettably lost loved ones.
GENERAL BUSINESS NOTICE OF MOTION NO. 1140
That the Senate—
(i) the Morrison Government's failure to keep Victorians safe because of its disastrous vaccine roll out and failure to build fit for purpose quarantine facilities,
(ii) that vulnerable aged care residents and workers have therefore been put in harm's way by the Federal Government, and
(iii) that as Victorians faced new COVID-19 outbreaks due to a South Australian hotel quarantine breach the Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services claimed 'a very positive record across the board with respect to maintaining a safe border for Australia'; and
(b) calls on the Federal Government to:
(i) build dedicated quarantine facilities in every state and territory, and
(ii) complete the vaccine roll out.
I ask that the question be put separately on each motion.