Tony Abbott's Aged Care Minister has refused to reveal the future of a federal strategy to ensure gay and lesbian residents are treated with respect, including $2.5 million earmarked for ''sensitivity training''.
The government is also tight-lipped on whether it will move to reverse recent legal changes that banned faith-based aged-care facilities from using a religious exemption to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex residents.
It is unclear whether this reluctance signals changes or simply reflects a continuation of Mr Abbott's clamp-down on public comments by ministers.
The former government's national LGBTI ageing strategy included sensitivity training for the aged-care workforce and expansion of a community visitor scheme to address LGBTI social exclusion.
The Assistant Minister for Social Services now in charge of aged care, Mitch Fifield, declined to say whether he endorsed the strategy or whether LGBTI people faced discrimination and prejudice in aged-care provision.
In a one-sentence response to Fairfax Media questions, Senator Fifield's spokeswoman said the assistant minister had sought a briefing on the issues and would be ''working through them''.
Attorney-General George Brandis declined to answer a simple question about whether the Coalition would keep or overturn Labor legislation in June limiting the religious exemption for discrimination in the provision of aged care.
The Coalition opposed the bill in the Senate at the time but suggested before the election the changes were here to stay.
The Greens' spokeswoman on legal affairs, Penny Wright, said it was ''hugely concerning'' that ministers were not answering basic questions about ''legal protections for some of the most vulnerable Australians''.