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Wednesday, 13 March 2013
Page: 1843

Mr BUTLER (Port AdelaideMinister for Mental Health and Ageing, Minister for Housing and Homelessness, Minister for Social Inclusion and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Mental Health Reform) (09:29): I move:

That this bill be now read a second time.

Today I am delighted to introduce the Aged Care (Bond Security) Levy Amendment Bill 2013, which contributes to this government's commitment to aged care—a commitment described in the Living Longer Living Better aged care reform package that provides a 10-year plan for building a new aged care system, a system for a 21st century Australia.

This bill amends the Aged Care (Bond Security) Levy Act 2006, firstly to change the name of the act to the Aged Care (Accommodation Payment Security) Levy Act 2006 and also to ensure that if the Accommodation Bond Guarantee Scheme is triggered and the Commonwealth repays accommodation bonds or the new types of payments—collectively known as accommodation payment balances—the Commonwealth is able to recover its costs, via a levy, from approved providers.

I commend the bill to the House.

Debate adjourned.