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Monday, 27 September 1999
Page: 8976


Senator HERRON (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs) (9:19 PM) —As all of us know in the Senate, Senator Rod Kemp frequently states that this is a consultative government. In relation to coalescence, the government is involved in considerable consultation. The minister is not going to be rushed into a decision that has taken some time—it is admitted—but will make the decision as a result of considerable consultation both with providers and recipients of care. At the appropriate time that decision will be made. As far as I understand it, a time line has not been set, but I can assure Senator Brown that it will be in the best interests of both the providers of residential aged care facilities and the people who are resident in them.