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Monday, 23 November 1998
Page: 445

Senator NEWMAN (Family and Community Services; Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women) (8:31 PM) —I would like to make it clear to Senator Chris Evans that we were looking at the two amendments together, as we are expected to. Under the first of the two amendments there is a requirement to report. In the second amendment the registrar must amend if information is provided that the monthly taxable income has varied by 15 per cent or more from that recorded in the assessment.

I was not exaggerating. That is what his amendments, taken together, require: that there will be a report, that there will be an assessment and that there will be an amendment as to the liable parent's monthly taxable income. Certainly those examples that I read out were provided to me by the Child Support Agency of households which would be quite typical of people in rural areas or of people on salary or part commission. There is no exaggeration there—they were drawn from the advice put together by the agency for me.