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ADMINISTRATION—NEWSTART

Senator Siewert, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 956—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) today, due to the differences in the types of indexation, pensions will go up by $17.10 while allowances will only increase by $2.90, and

  (ii) indexation against the consumer price index alone keeps Newstart so low it cannot adequately meet the true increases in the cost of living; and

 (b) urges the Government to take immediate steps to appropriately index Newstart at the same rate as the pension to prevent an ever-widening gap.

Statements by leave: The Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations (Senator Collins) and Senator Siewert, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES,8


Senators—
Di NataleLudlamSiewert (Teller)Whish-Wilson
Hanson-YoungRhiannonWatersWright

NOES, 34


Senators—
BackCormannMarshallRyan
BilykFarrellMcEwenScullion
BoswellFifieldMcKenzieSmith
BrownFurnerMooreSterle
CameronGallacherNashThistlethwaite
Carr, KimHoggParryThorp
ColbeckKroger (Teller)PayneUrquhart
CollinsLundyPolley
ConroyMadiganPratt

Question negatived.