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Tuesday, 7 March 2000
Page: 14027

Mr McMULLAN (3:18 PM) —My question is to the Minister for Aged Care. Minister, what arrangements have you made to ensure that you receive regular reports from the Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency concerning serious risks to residents of nursing homes? What action do you take to ensure that the agency acts promptly on those reports? What follow-up procedures do you have in place to satisfy yourself that effective action has been taken with regard to these reports of serious risk?

Mrs BRONWYN BISHOP (Minister for Aged Care) —I thought it would have been apparent to the member asking the question that I had a report from the agency today. There is indeed a reporting mechanism whereby there is a regular transmission of where the various investigations are at.

I would like, Mr Speaker, if I could, to add to an answer I gave earlier. It concerns the release of the information relating to the—

Mr SPEAKER —I interrupt the minister briefly to point out that it is normal to add to answers at the end of question time. If the answer is relevant to the question asked by the Manager of Opposition Business, I will allow it to proceed; otherwise I will give her the opportunity at the end of question time as is the practice.