Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
 Download Current HansardDownload Current Hansard   

Previous Fragment    Next Fragment
Wednesday, 29 June 1994
Page: 2341


Senator LEES (Deputy Leader of the Australian Democrats) (6.33 p.m.) —by leave—I move:

3.Clause 27, page 60, omit the proposed Table, substitute the following Table:

"

TABLE

PENSION AGE FOR WOMEN

column 1 column 2 column 3

item no. period within which woman was born pension age

(both dates inclusive)

1. From 1 July 1945 to 31 December 1946 60 years and 6 months

2. From 1 January 1947 to 30 June 1948 61 years

3. From 1 July 1948 to 31 December 1949 61 years and 6 months

4. From 1 January 1950 to 30 June 1951 62 years

5. From 1 July 1951 to 31 December 1952 62 years and 6 months

6. From 1 July 1953 to 30 June 1954 63 years

7. From 1 July 1954 to 31 December 1955 63 years and 6 months

8. From 1 January 1956 to 30 June 1957 64 years

9. From 1 July 1957 to 31 December 1958 64 years and 6 months."

4. Clause 27, page 60, omit proposed subsection 23 (5D), substitute the

following subsection:

"(5D) A woman born on or after 1 July 1973 reaches pension age

when she turns 65.".

These amendments simply give the government another option—a fairer option. Through these amendments, the Democrats are trying to point out that the government has not consulted with the Australian population.

  It certainly has not consulted with the women of Australia and, most particularly, it has not talked to those women who are going to be adversely affected by this legislation.

  All we are doing is giving the government yet another option.

  This particular option will put the start-up date at 1 July 2005; that is, 10 years after the government's planned start-up date which the Liberals are supporting, and the actual start-up date that we are planning to have.

  We have left the time frame as the government's time frame of 20 years. It certainly is not our preferred option.

  We are simply putting other amendments to make the point that there are a range of things that the government could have done.

  We are urging the government to think seriously about the effects of what we are going to be facing after tonight.

  As we have already had considerable debate on this issue tonight—despite the fact that we could have more pages of questions to the minister—we will leave it as it is.

  Perhaps we can put another series of questions on notice over the next couple of months.

  Question put:

  That the amendments (Senator Lees's) be agreed to.