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AGAINST – Aged Care Amendment (Implementing Care Reform) Bill 2022 - Second Reading - Registered nurses

The majority voted in favour of disagreeing with an amendment to the usual second reading motion, "that the bills be read a second time." To read a bill a second time is to agree with its main idea. Because this vote to disagree was successful, the original motion will remain unchanged.

This amendment as introduced by Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Farrer MP Sussan Ley (Liberal).

Motion text

That all words after "That" be omitted with a view to substituting the following words:

"whilst not declining to give the bill a second reading, the House:

(1) notes that, of the aged care providers who do not currently have a registered nurse on site, and on duty, at all times, 53% are based in regional and remote areas and 86% are small providers; and

(2) calls on the Government to ensure that:

(a) when amending the Quality of Care Principles to make provision for an exemption to the new responsibility relating to registered nurses, the disproportionate impact on providers in regional and remote areas, especially small providers, is taken into account; and

(b) further consideration of the bill is deferred until two sitting days after a draft of legislative instruments relating to the following matters are made available:

(i) exemption from the responsibility related to registered nurses as proposed in section 54-1A of the bill; and

(ii) information about aged care services that must be publicly available as proposed in section 86-10 of the bill".


Date and time: 11:48 AM on 2022-09-08
Allegra Spender's vote: No
Total number of "aye" votes: 74
Total number of "no" votes: 61
Total number of abstentions: 16
Related bill: Aged Care Amendment (Implementing Care Reform) Bill 2022

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