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12       Censure motion—Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians (Senator Colbeck)

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Wong) Leader of the Opposition in the Senate , pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 776—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that:

(i)                    the Australian Government funds and regulates residential aged care,

(ii)                  the Morrison Government failed to protect aged care residents from COVID-19 by ignoring:

(A)                 the interim report of the Aged Care Royal Commission,

(B)                 the warnings from experts and unions, and

(C)                 the warnings of Dorothy Henderson Lodge and Newmarch House,

(iii)                the Australian Government has not produced a COVID-19 plan for aged care,

(iv)                more than 450 aged care residents have died from COVID-19, and

(v)                  the Aged Care Royal Commission has said that if the Australian Government had acted upon previous reviews of aged care the suffering of many people could have been avoided; and

(b)              censures the Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians for:

(i)                    failing to recall the most basic and tragic facts about aged care residents,

(ii)                  describing his management of aged care as a ‘high water mark’,

(iii)                dismissing deaths as a ‘function’ of aged care, and

(iv)                failing to take responsibility for the devastating crisis in the aged care sector, which has caused death, grief and untold trauma for vulnerable Australians and their families.

Statements by leave : Senator Wong and the Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Cormann), by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 25

Senators—

Ayres

Green

McCarthy

Sheldon

Bilyk

Griff

McKim

Siewert

Carr

Hanson-Young

O’Neill

Urquhart*

Chisholm

Lambie

Patrick

Walsh

Farrell

Lines

Polley

Watt

Faruqi

McAllister

Pratt

Wong

Gallagher

 

 

 

NOES, 21

Senators—

Antic

Duniam

McGrath

Reynolds

Askew

Fawcett

McKenzie

Ruston

Birmingham

Henderson

McLachlan

Ryan

Cash

Hughes

McMahon

Seselja

Colbeck

Hume

Payne

Smith, Dean*

Cormann

 

* Tellers

Question agreed to.