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Friday, 15 November 2002
Page: 6485

Debate resumed from 23 October, on motion by Senator Ian Campbell:

That this bill be now read a second time.

upon which Senator Mark Bishop had moved by way of an amendment:

At the end of the motion, add:

“but the Senate condemns the Government's unfair application of breach penalties on job seekers and calls on it to amend the breach penalty regime in line with principles outlined in the Report of the Independent Review of Breaches and Penalties in the Social Security System (the Pearce review), including:

(a) a rate reduction for first or second breaches of no more than 25% of benefits;

(b) breach and non-payment period of a maximum of 8 weeks duration; and

(c) reinstatement of benefits on compliance.