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Wednesday, 29 November 2000
Page: 20084


Senator CHRIS EVANS (10:36 AM) —by leave—I move opposition amendments Nos 11 and 22:

(11) Schedule 1, item 23, page 15 (lines 9 and 10), omit subsection (4), substitute:

(4) The Secretary may terminate or alter an arrangement entered into under subsection (1):

(a) at the debtor's request; or

(b) after giving 28 days' notice to the debtor of the proposed termination or alteration; or

(c) without notice, if the Secretary is satisfied that the person has failed to disclose material information about his or her true capacity to repay the debt.

(22) Schedule 3, item 8, page 26 (lines 9 and 10), omit subsection (4), substitute:

(4) The Secretary may terminate or alter an arrangement entered into under subsection (1):

(a) at the debtor's request; or

(b) after giving 28 days' notice to the debtor of the proposed termination or alteration; or

(c) without notice, if the Secretary is satisfied that the person has failed to disclose material information about his or her true capacity to repay the debt.

These amendments require the secretary to give 28 days notice if they wish to advise of a change in the repayment arrangements. As I understand it, currently no notice is required. We went for a 28-day period earlier in some amendments that were carried; we think the current situation could lead to potential hardship on the individual. As the minister is going to support these amendments, I had better leave it there.

Amendments agreed to.