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Monday, 23 November 1998
Page: 429

Senator NEWMAN (Family and Community Services; Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women) (6:09 PM) —Can I just point out again a pretty basic kind of commonsense matter, that the families have to come to the registrar for approval of the 25 per cent, otherwise the Child Support Agency will collect the child support.

Senator Margetts —But they can still come to an arrangement for a steady payment.

Senator NEWMAN —But they still have to come to the agency for approval of the 25 per cent. I put quite a bit on the record—I think maybe you were not in the chamber at the beginning of the committee stage—when Senator Evans got the ball rolling, in a way of speaking, about these payments and how they can be made and what they can be.