Prime minister Scott Morrison’s announcement of a royal commission into aged care quality and safety surprised everyone, including the aged care minister, Ken Wyatt, who, until recently denied the need for one. We still do not know the name of the commissioner, how much it will cost or the terms of reference, suggesting this is policy-on-the-run. The announcement came on the eve of ABC Four Corners’ special two-part investigation of the failings in aged care. This is the second time within 12 months that a Four Corners report has resulted in a royal commission. Last year, their report on the Don Dale youth detention centre prompted Malcolm Turnbull to announce a royal commission into the protection and detention of children in the Northern Territory. Has government by media replaced careful consideration of the evidence? Before jumping into another expensive royal commission, it would have been prudent for Scott Morrison to review the numerous inquiries that both LNP and ALP governments have initiated over the past decade. Surely the government didn’t need Four Corners to inform them that the aged care sector is a national disgrace. There have been so many inquiries, reviews, consultations, thinktanks and task forces that have provided… Read full this story
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