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29    Home care packages

Senator Brown, also on behalf of Senators Bilyk, Griff, Polley and Siewert, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 164—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes that:

                                     (i)       the latest Government report indicates that there are 120,000 older Australians waiting for their approved package, and

                                    (ii)       more than 72,000 older Australians on the wait list have no home care package at all;

               (b)       recognises that:

                                     (i)       the majority of older Australians waiting for level three and level four packages have high care needs,

                                    (ii)       some older Australians have been waiting more than two years for their approved package, many of whom are in their 90s, and others who have terminal illnesses, and

                                  (iii)       older Australians are entering residential aged care or even emergency departments instead of receiving their approved home care package;

                (c)       condemns the Morrison Government for failing to stop the waitlist growing; and

               (d)       calls on the Morrison Government to listen to the growing chorus of voices for urgent action to fix the home care packages waitlist now, and properly address this national crisis.

Statement by leave : The Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries (Senator Duniam), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 30

Senators—

Ayres

Gallacher

McCarthy

Smith, Marielle

Bilyk

Gallagher

McKim

Steele-John

Brown

Green

Patrick

Sterle

Chisholm

Griff

Polley

Walsh

Ciccone*

Hanson-Young

Pratt

Waters

Di Natale

Kitching

Sheldon

Watt

Dodson

Lines

Siewert

Whish-Wilson

Faruqi

McAllister

 

 

 

NOES, 28

Senators—

Abetz

Chandler

Hume

Reynolds

Antic

Colbeck

McDonald

Ryan

Askew

Davey

McGrath

Scarr

Bernardi

Duniam

McMahon

Sinodinos

Bragg

Fierravanti-Wells

O’Sullivan

Smith, Dean*

Brockman

Henderson

Paterson

Stoker

Canavan

Hughes

Payne

Van

* Tellers

Question agreed to.