Monday, 9 August 2021
Questions without Notice
My question is to the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Aged Care, Senator Colbeck. When the parliament met in June the Prime Minister arrogantly boasted, 'There is not one person who is in an ICU in an Australian hospital as a result of falling victim to COVID.' How many Australians are in an ICU due to COVID today?
[by video link] I'm just looking for this morning's details. Mr President, I'll have to take that question on notice. I do not have in front of me the specific details of today's epi figures.
In June the Minister for Health and Aged Care told the parliament that no-one catching COVID and dying in Australia in 2021 is 'one of Australia's great public health achievements'. How many Australians have tragically died as a result of COVID-19 in Australia this year?
[by video link] The quarantine system in this country operates by agreement through national cabinet by the states, so every time the Labor Party criticise the national quarantine system they are, in fact, criticising their state colleagues, who under the national health agreement have agreed to conduct and manage hotel quarantine across the country. We continue, as I've said on a number of occasions, to build the number of points available for Australians to access the vaccine. We continue to do that. We continue to build the number of vaccines available to Australians. As at today, well in excess of 13 million vaccines have been administered to Australians across the country. (Time expired)