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3           Aged Care and Other Legislation Amendment (Royal Commission Response No. 1) Bill 2021

Order of the day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Assistant Minister to the Attorney-General (Senator Stoker)—That this bill be now read a second time.

Debate resumed.

Senator Watt moved the following amendment:

At the end of the motion, add “, but the Senate:

(a)              notes the:

(i)                    systemic, ongoing failures in Australia’s aged care system as evidenced by the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, including, but not limited to, the use of restrictive practices and the lack of transparency and accountability in aged care,

(ii)                  inadequacy of the Government’s response to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, including delayed and diminished legislative action on key issues and recommendations, including, but not limited to:

(A)                 the malnutrition crisis, with two thirds of aged care residents either malnourished or at risk of malnourishment,

(B)                 the Home Care Package waitlist,

(C)                 improved pay and recognition of hardworking and dedicated workers,

(D)                improved transparency and accountability around public funds,

(E)                 mandatory care minutes, and

(F)                 ensuring a registered nurse is onsite at residential facilities 24 hours a day, and

(iii)                Government’s failures in protecting aged care residents and workers due to their poor management of COVID-19 outbreaks in residential aged care, and

(b)              calls on the Government to explain, as a matter of urgency, their plan to fully vaccinate aged care workers and keep aged care residents safe”.

Debate ensued.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 28

Senators—

Ayres

Green

Patrick

Sterle

Brown

Hanson-Young

Polley

Thorpe

Carr

Lines

Pratt

Urquhart

Ciccone

McAllister

Rice

Walsh

Dodson

McCarthy*

Sheldon

Waters

Faruqi

McKim

Siewert

Watt

Gallacher

O’Neill

Steele-John

Whish-Wilson

 

NOES, 27

Senators—

Abetz

Davey

McGrath*

Ryan

Antic

Duniam

McKenzie

Seselja

Bragg

Fawcett

McLachlan

Small

Brockman

Fierravanti-Wells

O’Sullivan

Smith, Dean

Canavan

Hughes

Paterson

Stoker

Chandler

Hume

Payne

Van

Colbeck

McDonald

Rennick

 

* Tellers

Question agreed to.

Main question, as amended, put and passed.

Bill read a second time.

No amendments to the bill were circulated and no senator required that it be considered in committee.

On the motion of the Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services (Senator Colbeck) the bill was read a third time.