Sue Dunlevy, Tamsin Rose
News Corp Australia Network
Thu, 3 September 2020 11:07AM
The Senate has censured Aged Care Minister Richard Colbeck for his handling of the coronavirus crisis in nursing homes.
The crossbench voted with Labor in the upper house in favour of a motion moved by Opposition senate leader Penny Wong.
The motion denounced Senator Colbeck for “failing to take responsibility” for problems in the aged care response and for not knowing how many Australians had died in homes during the pandemic.
“(The Senate) censures the Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians for failing to recall the most basic and tragic facts about aged care residents, describing his management of aged care as a ‘high water mark’,” the motion stated.
“Dismissing deaths as a function of aged care and 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.”
The motion was passed 25 votes to 21.
Opposition ageing spokeswoman Julie Collins accused Senator Colbeck of avoiding scrutiny.
“He’s lost the confidence of the Australian people and now he’s even lost the confidence of the Senate,” she said after the motion was passed.
It comes as more than 100 vulnerable elderly Australians are being raped, assaulted and even murdered in residential aged care facilities every week. But a News Corp Aged Care 360 investigation can reveal the real number of victims could be as much as 10 times higher.
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