Labor says Royal Commission has agreed to include Newmarch House in its Final Report – asks Government for “special investigation”

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Julie Collins, Labor’s Shadow Minister for Ageing, has revealed the Commissioners have responded to the Opposition’s call for the Royal Commission to investigate the outbreak at Newmarch House.

“The commissioners have written back to me to say that they will look at it – perhaps not in a special investigative way but it would be included in their final report,” she told Parliament on Wednesday.

However, Ms Collins requested the Government consider a “special investigation” into the outbreak.

“We need to learn from this so that we don’t have another outbreak of this kind,” she said.

The Government has initiated special inquiries before – see Kate Carnell’s inquiry into the event’s at Earle Haven last year.

Is there the appetite from the Government and the public for another inquiry however?