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14    Family and Community Services— Regulation of retirement housing

Senator Siewert, also on behalf of the Leader of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party (Senator Hinch), pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 638—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes the article in The Age , on 15 November 2017, regarding the residents of Berkeley Living retirement village in Victoria;

               (b)       acknowledges that there have been problems with the retirement villages sector for many years and that there was a parliamentary inquiry that looked at issues within the retirement villages sector in 2007;

                (c)       recognises that the situation of Berkeley Living residents is yet another example of how a lack of regulation and standards in this industry have allowed poor practices to flourish;

               (d)       notes that retirement villages were on the agenda for the meeting on 31 August 2017 of Consumer Affairs Ministers and that it was agreed to direct the Chartered Accountants of Australia & New Zealand to undertake further investigation into the regulation of retirement villages, including identifying any regulatory gaps that allow unfair practices to occur; and

                (e)       urges the Federal Government to take a leadership role in developing nationally-consistent regulation of retirement housing across the various tenures that provides strong protections to residents and their families.

Statement by leave : The Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister (Senator McGrath), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 28

Senators—

Bartlett

Farrell

Lines

Rice

Burston

Georgiou

McAllister

Siewert

Carr

Griff

McCarthy

Steele-John

Chisholm

Hanson-Young

McKim

Sterle

Collins

Hinch

Moore

Urquhart*

Dastyari

Ketter

Patrick

Watt

Di Natale

Kitching

Rhiannon

Whish-Wilson

 

 

NOES, 21

Senators—

Abetz

Fawcett

McGrath

Reynolds

Anning

Fierravanti-Wells

McKenzie

Ruston

Brockman

Fifield

O’Sullivan

Ryan

Bushby*

Hume

Paterson

Seselja

Cash

Macdonald

Payne

Smith

Duniam

 

* Tellers

Question agreed to.