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Howard's Senate snubs families.

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Media Release

Penny Wong Labor Senator for South Australia Shadow Minister for Employment and Workforce Participation, Corporate Governance and Responsibility

Wednesday 9 November 2005


The Howard Government has rejected a proposal for the Senate to investigate the impact of welfare changes on vulnerable Australian families.

Today it used its numbers in the Senate to secure a whitewash inquiry that leaves most stones unturned.

"Labor proposed that the inquiry would examine the impact of welfare changes on vulnerable families, but the Howard Government decided they were not worthy of the Senate's time.

"Instead, the Government voted for a frolic of rhetoric and self-congratulation.

"The terms of reference for the inquiry do not allow the Committee to look into the impact on Australians with a disability and families who need income support.

"Today has been a bad day for vulnerable Australians."

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