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FAMILY AND COMMUNITY SERVICES—INCOME SUPPORT

Senator Siewert, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 989—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.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES,8


Senators—
Di NataleMilneSiewert (Teller)Whish-Wilson
LudlamRhiannonWatersWright

NOES, 28



Senators—
BackFeeneyMcEwenRuston
BilykFifieldMcKenzieRyan
BrownFurnerMcLucasSingh
CashGallacherMooreSmith
CollinsLundyParryStephens
EdwardsMarshallPolleyThorp
FawcettMasonPrattWilliams (Teller)

Question negatived.