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18    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. 801—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes that the Government intends to charge interest on income support debts;

               (b)       recognises that income support recipients often accrue debts through no fault of their own;

                (c)       considers this is a sledge-hammer approach and will disproportionately hurt Australians who have made a mistake or do not owe a debt at all; and

               (d)       urges the Federal Government to abandon this punitive approach and instead focus on measures that will decrease inequality and poverty.

Statement by leave : Senator Chisholm, by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 11

Senators—

Bartlett

Hanson-Young

Rhiannon

Steele-John

Di Natale

McKim

Rice

Whish-Wilson

Griff

Patrick

Siewert*

 

 

 

NOES, 48

Senators—

Abetz

Chisholm

Ketter

Paterson

Anning

Colbeck

Kitching

Payne

Bernardi

Collins

Leyonhjelm

Pratt

Bilyk

Dodson

Lines

Reynolds

Birmingham

Duniam

Marshall

Ruston

Brockman

Fawcett

McAllister

Ryan

Brown

Gallacher

McCarthy

Smith

Burston

Georgiou

McGrath

Sterle

Bushby

Gichuhi

Molan

Stoker

Cameron

Hinch

Moore

Urquhart*

Canavan

Hume

O’Neill

Watt

Carr

Keneally

O’Sullivan

Williams

* Tellers

Question negatived.