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Tuesday, 5 June 2001
Page: 27242


Mrs IRWIN (2:29 PM) —My question without notice is addressed to the Minister for Aged Care. Minister, do you recall telling Radio 2GB this morning that you knew nothing about the substandard care in Yagoona Nursing Home until you saw it in the paper on 31 May? How is it that you were still not aware that I wrote to you personally on 25 May alerting you to the plight of Mr Smithers?

Government members interjecting—


Mrs IRWIN —I do not think this is a joke, Mr Speaker. This man was in Sandakan.


Mr SPEAKER —The member for Fowler will wait until the House has come to order.


Mrs IRWIN —Would you like me to start again, Mr Speaker, or continue?


Mr SPEAKER —The member for Fowler will continue with her question.


Mrs IRWIN —How is it that you were still not aware that I wrote to you personally on 25 May alerting you to the plight of Mr Smithers? Do you also recall saying this morning that you have no power under the act to make a decision about accreditation matters? Minister, if you have no powers and no knowledge about substandard nursing homes, what do you do?


Mrs BRONWYN BISHOP (Minister for Aged Care) —I did ask the Table Office to let me have a copy of the letter that the member has just tabled, dated 25 May. That is last week, I think. She may or may not know that the process by which such correspondence is dealt with is that it goes straight to the department. It comes back—

Opposition members interjecting—


Mrs BRONWYN BISHOP —I did say that my concern was always for individuals. I have said to you that I will have the case looked into and I will come back to you.