More hands to the wheel with Prime Minister Scott Morrison announcing that aged care will be elevated to cabinet and health minister Greg Hunt adding aged care to his responsibilities.
The cabinet reshuffle follows the departure of finance minister Mathias Cormon and criticism of Senator Colbeck’s handling of the portfolio and subsequent response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Aged Care portfolio will be brought into Cabinet with the Hon Greg Hunt MP as Minister for Health and Aged Care responsible for the Government’s response to the Aged Care Royal Commission. Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck will retain responsibility for aged care services, including delivery of residential and home care packages, aged care sector regulation and Senior Australians. He will also continue as Minister for Sport.
With the challenges ahead for aged care, including the Aged Care Royal Commission’s final report due in February, the Prime Minister claims the motivation is not about the individual but about putting more resources behind the government’s ability to respond to the changes needed. He denied any wrongdoing by Senator Colbeck in his handling of the pandemic.