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Monday, 21 November 2011
Page: 8962

Senator SIEWERT (Western AustraliaAustralian Greens Whip) (12:09): I thank the minister for the responses. I indicate that the Greens will not be supporting amendments (3) and (4), which are around items 8 and 9. We agree with and support the government's argument about that. As we opposed this bill in the first place, we certainly would not be seeking to support measures that would further penalise parents and take away any hope of accessing any income should the worst come to the worst under the these provisions. So we will not be supporting the removal of items 8 and 9. However, we are more persuaded, I will say now, by the other amendments that the opposition have indicated that they may be moving.