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Wednesday, 29 November 2000
Page: 20085


Senator CHRIS EVANS (10:38 AM) —by leave—I move opposition amendments Nos 12, 23 and 31:

(12) Schedule 1, item 24, page 16 (after line 19), after subsection (2), insert:

(2A) As soon as possible after issuing a notice under subsection (2), the Secretary must inform the deceased estate in writing of:

(a) the amount sought to be recovered from the deceased person's account; and

(b) the reasons for the recovery action.

(23) Schedule 3, item 9, page 27 (after line 17), after subsection (2), insert:

(2A) As soon as possible after issuing a notice under subsection (2), the Secretary must inform the deceased estate in writing of:

(a) the amount sought to be recovered from the deceased person's account; and

(b) the reasons for the recovery action.

(31) Schedule 4, item 8, page 36 (after line 20), after subsection (2), insert:

(2A) As soon as possible after issuing a notice under subsection (2), the Commission must inform the deceased estate in writing of:

(a) the amount sought to be recovered from the deceased person's account; and

(b) the reasons for the recovery action.

These opposition amendments all go to the same issue—that is, recovery action from deceased estates. They require the secretary to the department to have the courtesy to advise deceased estates in writing that recovery action has proceeded on relevant accounts, if payments were incorrectly made after death, to ensure that the families or beneficiaries receive proper advice about such matters. I do not think they are controversial amendments.