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Scott Morrison defends embattled aged care minister against ‘knockers’ amid cricket scandal

Prime minister insists Richard Colbeck works ‘every day for the welfare of people living in our residential aged care facilities’ * Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing Scott Morrison has backed the embattled aged care minister despite saying he can “understand the criticism” of Richard Colbeck, who attended the Ashes cricket match in Hobart on the same day he failed to front a parliamentary inquiry into the Covid crisis. The finance minister, Simon Birmingham, also defended Colbeck on Friday, saying people could “walk and chew gum at the same time”. He noted the aged care minister – who is also the sport minister – had held Covid meetings earlier in the day before attending the Test match a fortnight ago. Continue reading...

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