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Family and Community Services and Veterans' Affairs Legislation Amendment (Debt Recovery) Bill 2001

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1998-1999-2000-2001

 

THE PARLIAMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

Family and Community Services and Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Debt Recovery) Bill 2000

 

 

SCHEDULE OF THE AMENDMENT MADE BY THE SENATE TO WHICH THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HAS DISAGREED

 

(19)   Opp (13) [Sheet 2016]

          Schedule 1, page 17 (after line 26), after item 30, insert:

30A  Subsection 1237A(1)

Repeal the subsection (including the note), substitute:

             (1)  Subject to subsection (1A), the Secretary must waive the right to recover the proportion of a debt that is attributable to an administrative error made by the Commonwealth if the debtor received in good faith the payment or payments that gave rise to that proportion of the debt.

 

 

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES REASONS FOR DISAGREEING TO SENATE AMENDMENT NO. 19

 

 

The Senate amendment amends the existing provisions of the social security law that provide for the waiver of debts where that debt is caused solely by administrative error.   The Courts and Tribunals have interpreted those provisions in a manner which supports the intention of the legislation.   The effect of the Senate amendment, which omits the word ‘solely’ from the existing provisions, is unclear.   As such, there is the potential for undesirable outcomes.   As the amendment makes the operation of the provisions uncertain, the House of Representatives does not agree to the amendment.

 

 

 

SCHEDULE OF THE AMENDMENTS MADE BY THE SENATE TO WHICH THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HAS DISAGREED BUT MADE AMENDMENTS IN PLACE THEREOF

 

(2)     Govt (1) [Sheet EU252]

          Clause 2, page 2 (line 3), omit “1 January 2001”, substitute “1 April 2001”.

(7)     Opp (5) [Sheet 2016]

          Schedule 1, item 12, page 10 (line 33), at the end of subsection (4), add:

                   ; (c)  where a request for review (the initial request ) has been made within 3 months after the receipt of a notice issued under subsection 1229(1)—3 months after the day on which an authorised review officer makes a decision in respect of the initial request.

(11)   Govt (2) [Sheet EU252]

          Schedule 1, item 14, page 12 (line 23), omit “1 January 2001”, substitute “1 April 2001”.

(13)   Opp (10) [Sheet 2016]

          Schedule 1, item 16, page 13 (after line 16), at the end of section 1230C, add:

             (2)  Subject to subsection (3), a debt due to the Commonwealth under this Act is recoverable by means of a method mentioned in paragraph (1)(d) or (e) only if the Commonwealth:

                     (a)  has first sought to recover the debt by means of a method mentioned in paragraph (1)(a), (b) or (c); and

                     (b)  can establish that the person who owes the debt has failed to enter into a reasonable arrangement to repay the debt.

             (3)  If the Secretary determines that recovery of the debt by means of a method mentioned in paragraph (1)(a), (b) or (c) is not appropriate, having regard to the circumstances of the case, paragraph (2)(a) does not apply.

(21)   Govt (3) [Sheet EU252]

          Schedule 1, item 34, page 18 (line 16), omit “1 January 2001”, substitute “1 April 2001”.

(22)   Govt (4) [Sheet EU252]

          Schedule 1, item 34, page 18 (line 18), omit “1 January 2001”, substitute “1 April 2001”.

(23)   Govt (5) [Sheet EU252]

          Schedule 1, item 34, page 18 (line 22), omit “1 January 2001”, substitute “1 April 2001”.

(24)   Govt (6) [Sheet EU252]

          Schedule 1, item 34, page 18 (line 25), omit “1 January 2001”, substitute “1 April 2001”.

(25)   Govt (7) [Sheet EU252]

          Schedule 1, item 34, page 19 (line 2), omit “1 January 2001”, substitute “1 April 2001”.

(26)   Govt (8) [Sheet EU252]

          Schedule 1, item 34, page 19 (line 11), omit “1 January 2001”, substitute “1 April 2001”.

(27)   Govt (9) [Sheet EU252]

          Schedule 1, item 34, page 19 (line 13), omit “1 January 2001”, substitute “1 April 2001”.

(32)   Opp (18) [Sheet 2016]

          Schedule 3, item 3, page 23 (line 15), at the end of subsection (4), add:

                           ; (c)  where a request for review (the initial request ) has been made within 3 months after the receipt of a notice issued under subsection 77(1)—3 months after the day on which an authorised review officer makes a decision in respect of the initial request.

(36)   Govt (10) [Sheet EU252]

          Schedule 3, item 5, page 25 (line 8), omit “1 January 2001”, substitute “1 April 2001”.

(41)   Govt (11) [Sheet EU252]

          Schedule 3, item 17, page 29 (line 12), omit “1 January 2001”, substitute “1 April 2001”.

(42)   Govt (12) [Sheet EU252]

          Schedule 3, item 17, page 29 (line 23), omit “1 January 2001”, substitute “1 April 2001”.

(44)   Govt (13) [Sheet EU252]

          Schedule 3, item 17, page 29 (line 29), omit “1 January 2001”, substitute “1 April 2001”.

(45)   Govt (14) [Sheet EU252]

          Schedule 3, item 17, page 29 (line 33), omit “1 January 2001”, substitute “1 April 2001”.

(46)   Govt (15) [Sheet EU252]

          Schedule 3, item 17, page 30 (line 2), omit “1 January 2001”, substitute “1 April 2001”.

(56)   Govt (16) [Sheet EU252]

          Schedule 4, item 9, page 37 (lines 3 and 4), omit “1 January 2001”, substitute “1 April 2001”.

(57)   Govt (17) [Sheet EU252]

          Schedule 4, item 9, page 37 (line 6), omit “1 January 2001”, substitute “1 April 2001”.

(58)   Govt (18) [Sheet EU252]

          Schedule 4, item 9, page 37 (line 8), omit “1 January 2001”, substitute “1 April 2001”.

(59)   Govt (19) [Sheet EU252]

          Schedule 4, item 9, page 37 (line 24), omit “1 January 2001”, substitute “1 April 2001”.

(60)   Govt (20) [Sheet EU252]

          Schedule 4, item 9, page 38 (line 19), omit “1 January 2001”, substitute “1 April 2001”.

(61)   Govt (9) [Sheet EB240]

          Schedule 4, item 9, page 39 (after line 2), at the end of the item, add:

(6)       The amendments made by items 5A and 8A apply to:

                     (a)  debts that are owed at the commencement of 1 January 2001; and

                     (b)  debts that arise after that time.

 

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AMENDMENTS MADE BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN PLACE OF SENATE AMENDMENTS DISAGREED TO

 

(1)     Clause 2, page 2 (line 3), omit “1 January 2001”, substitute “1 July 2001”.

(2)     Schedule 1, item 12, page 10 (after line 33), at the end of subsection (4), add:

                   ; (c)  if a request for review has been made within 90 days after the receipt of a notice issued under subsection 1229(1)—90 days after the day on which an authorised review officer makes a decision in respect of the request.

(3)     Schedule 1, item 14, page 12 (line 23), omit “1 January 2001”, substitute “1 July 2001”.

(4)     Schedule 1, item 16, page 13 (after line 16), at the end of section 1230C, add:

             (2)  Subject to subsection (3), a debt due to the Commonwealth under this Act is recoverable by means of a method mentioned in paragraph (1)(d) or (e) only if the Commonwealth:

                     (a)  has first sought to recover the debt by means of a method mentioned in paragraph (1)(a), (b) or (c); and

                     (b)  can establish that the person who owes the debt:

                              (i)  has failed to enter into a reasonable arrangement to repay the debt; or

                             (ii)  after having entered into such an arrangement, has failed to make a particular payment in accordance with the arrangement.

             (3)  If the Secretary determines that the recovery of the debt by means of a method mentioned in paragraph (1)(a), (b) or (c) is not appropriate having regard to the circumstances of the case, paragraph (2)(a) does not apply in respect of the recovery of the debt.

(5)     Schedule 1, item 34, page 18 (line 16), omit “1 January 2001”, substitute “1 July 2001”.

(6)     Schedule 1, item 34, page 18 (line 18), omit “1 January 2001”, substitute “1 July 2001”.

(7)     Schedule 1, item 34, page 18 (line 22), omit “1 January 2001”, substitute “1 July 2001”.

(8)     Schedule 1, item 34, page 18 (line 25), omit “1 January 2001”, substitute “1 July 2001”.

(9)     Schedule 1, item 34, page 19 (line 2), omit “1 January 2001”, substitute “1 July 2001”.

(10)   Schedule 1, item 34, page 19 (line 11), omit “1 January 2001”, substitute “1 July 2001”.

(11)   Schedule 1, item 34, page 19 (line 13), omit “1 January 2001”, substitute “1 July 2001”.

(12)   Schedule 3, item 3, page 23 (line 15), at the end of subsection (4), add:

                   ; (c)  if a request for review has been made within 90 days after the receipt of a notice issued under subsection 77(1)—90 days after the day on which an authorised review officer makes a decision in respect of the request.

(13)   Schedule 3, item 5, page 25 (line 8), omit “1 January 2001”, substitute “1 July 2001”.

(14)   Schedule 3, item 17, page 29 (line 12), omit “1 January 2001”, substitute “1 July 2001”.

(15)   Schedule 3, item 17, page 29 (line 23), omit “1 January 2001”, substitute “1 July 2001”.

(16)   Schedule 3, item 17, page 29 (line 29), omit “1 January 2001”, substitute “1 July 2001”.

(17)   Schedule 3, item 17, page 29 (line 33), omit “1 January 2001”, substitute “1 July 2001”.

(18)   Schedule 3, item 17, page 30 (line 2), omit “1 January 2001”, substitute “1 July 2001”.

(19)   Schedule 4, item 9, page 37 (lines 3 and 4), omit “1 January 2001”, substitute “1 July 2001”.

(20)   Schedule 4, item 9, page 37 (line 6), omit “1 January 2001”, substitute “1 July 2001”.

(21)   Schedule 4, item 9, page 37 (line 8), omit “1 January 2001”, substitute “1 July 2001”.

(22)   Schedule 4, item 9, page 37 (line 24), omit “1 January 2001”, substitute “1 July 2001”.

(23)   Schedule 4, item 9, page 38 (line 19), omit “1 January 2001”, substitute “1 July 2001”.

(24)   Schedule 4, item 9, page 39 (after line 2), at the end of the item, add:

             (6)  The amendments made by items 5A and 8A apply to:

                     (a)  debts that are owed at the commencement of 1 July 2001; and

                     (b)  debts that arise after that time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

B C WRIGHT

Acting Clerk of the House of Representatives

 

House of Representatives

3 April 2001