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Monday, 21 October 2002
Page: 5499

Senator HUTCHINS (New South Wales) (3.58 p.m.)—I move:

(1) That the following matters be referred to the Community Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by the last sitting day of June 2003:

(a) the extent, nature and financial cost of:

(i) poverty and inequality in Australia,

(ii) poverty amongst working Australians,

(iii) child poverty in Australia, and

(iv) poverty in Australian communities and regions;

(b) the social and economic impact of changes in the distribution of work, the level of remuneration from work and the impact of under-employment and unemployment;

(c) the effectiveness of income-support payments in protecting individuals and households from poverty; and

(d) the effectiveness of other programs and supports in reducing cost pressures on individual and household budgets, and building their capacity to be financially self-sufficient.

(2) That, in undertaking its inquiry, the committee also examine:

(a) the impact of changing industrial conditions on the availability, quality and reward for work; and

(b) current efforts and new ideas, in both Australia and other countries, to identify and address poverty amongst working and non-working individuals and households.

Question agreed to.