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Tuesday, 30 October 2012
Page: 8432


Senator SIEWERT (Western AustraliaAustralian Greens Whip) (16:17): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that, in addition to the $60 a week decrease to the base rate of their income support, some single parent families who are already juggling part-time work with caring can also expect to lose up to another $30 a week in concessions from 1 January 2013 as a result of new taper rates associated with the shift from Parenting Payment Single to Newstart; and

(b) calls on the Government to:

   (i) model the impact of this policy on single parents and examine whether this perversely impacts on their workforce participation,

   (ii) increase the single rate of Newstart and other allowances by $50 a week, and

   (iii) stop attempting to achieve a surplus at the expense of low-income families.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: The question is that motion be agreed to.