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Wednesday, 29 November 2000
Page: 20079

Senator BARTLETT (10:10 AM) —Just for the record, these amendments allow for interest not to be payable where the person has a reasonable excuse for failing to enter into an arrangement or failing to make a payment in accordance with an arrangement. As Senator Evans said, it is codifying it a bit more in terms of reasonable excuse. I am sure that the minister would tell us that the department is always reasonable in its determinations, but it is comforting for some people to know that that is in the legislation. Certainly, the Democrats support these amendments.

Amendments agreed to.