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FAMILY AND COMMUNITY SERVICES—NEWSTART

Senator Siewert, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 1099—That the Senate—

 (a) acknowledges:

  (i) the physical, emotional and financial stress and anxiety that single parent families who were affected by the parenting payment cuts have experienced over the past six weeks,

  (ii) that those impacts are likely to be ongoing and long-lasting, and

  (iii) that the timing of the implementation has put additional pressure on families, service providers and government agencies such as Centrelink; and

 (b) calls on the Government to take action to address the fact that more than one in six children in Australia already live in poverty and that the policy to shift more single parents to Newstart will result in further poverty.

Question put and negatived.