Coalition delays disability inquiry vote

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says calling a royal commission is the prerogative of the government. (AAP)

Prime Minister Scott Morrison won't say if he will back a call from the Senate to hold a royal commission into the disability sector.

Scott Morrison won't say if he will support the Senate's call for a royal commission into the disability sector, but is open to "every option".

The Senate on Thursday voted again for a royal commission into disability services, and Labor says the motion could pass the lower house.

The prime minister says his government takes abuse and neglect in the disability sector seriously, and reforms are already under way.

"Will the prime minister finally join with Labor to support a royal commission, which Australians with a disability and their loved ones have been calling for the last two years?" Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said in parliament on Thursday.

Mr Morrison said the coalition government was moving ahead with the National Disability Insurance Scheme, with new safeguards to prevent abuse in the sector.

"I will remain open to every single option there is to provide support to people with disabilities," he said.

"I have already demonstrated my willingness to call a royal commission when it comes to the aged care sector."

The coalition voted against the Senate motion on Thursday, but could face a possible defeat in the lower house.

Mr Morrison said calling a royal commission was the prerogative of the government of the day.

Source AAP

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