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16    Social Issues—Anti-Poverty Week

Senator Siewert, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 891—That the Senate—

    (a)   notes that:

                  (i)   the week beginning 11 October 2015 is Anti-Poverty Week,

                 (ii)   the main aims of Anti-Poverty Week are to strengthen public understanding, and encourage research, discussion and action to address these problems, and

                (iii)   poverty and severe hardship affect more than a million Australians;

    (b)   acknowledges the very important work undertaken by a large number of organisations across Australia in providing crucial services, such as food-banks, housing, social services, counselling and legal support, among others, which make an invaluable contribution to Australian society; and

     (c)   calls on the Government to:

                  (i)   increase Newstart and Youth Allowance payments by at least $50 a week,

                 (ii)   provide adequate support to people struggling with poverty, including young people accessing income support,

                (iii)   provide appropriate support to service delivery agencies, including stable and adequate funding, and

                (iv)   develop a national anti-poverty plan with clear targets and measures to address poverty in Australia.

Statement by leave : The Minister for Communications (Senator Fifield), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 9

Senators—

Di Natale

McKim

Rice

Waters

Hanson-Young

Rhiannon

Siewert (Teller)

Whish-Wilson

Ludlam

 

 

 

NOES, 42

Senators—

Abetz

Fawcett

Marshall

Reynolds

Back

Fifield

McAllister

Ronaldson

Bernardi

Gallacher

McEwen (Teller)

Ruston

Bullock

Gallagher

McGrath

Scullion

Bushby

Heffernan

McKenzie

Seselja

Canavan

Johnston

McLucas

Singh

Carr

Ketter

Moore

Smith

Cash

Lindgren

O’Neill

Urquhart

Collins

Lines

Parry

Wang

Day

Ludwig

Peris

Williams

Edwards

Macdonald

 

 

 

Question negatived.