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Fact Check: Scott Morrison says Richard Colbeck has appeared before the Senate Select Committee on COVID-19 'many, many times'. Is that correct?

Ministerial conduct Parliamentary scrutiny Aged care Commissions of inquiry Australia

Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services, Richard Colbeck, has faced increasing criticism over his decision to attend a cricket match rather than a sitting of the Senate Select Committee on COVID-19.

In response, Prime Minister Scott Morrison recently took to a Brisbane radio station to defend the senator from Tasmania.

Asked by 4BC host Neil Breen whether Senator Colbeck should have appeared at the committee hearing, Mr Morrison responded:

"He has appeared, as you know, at that hearing on many, many occasions."

Verdict: Mr Morrison's claim is wrong.

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