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Thursday, 12 December 2002
Page: 8011

Senator GREIG (10:22 PM) —The Democrats will support Labor's amendments, which recognise that the ability of many TPV holders to undertake any activity other than vocational training must be considered. We would expect that in doing this Centrelink would give full consideration to the person's capacity and to the reasonableness of the proposed program. We support the amendments because they give recognition to the prevalence of innumeracy and illiteracy—in their own language, let alone in English—among TPV holders who have been unable to secure long-term employment. For many, lack of literacy and numeracy skills will compromise their ability to comprehend any written agreement they must enter into with Centrelink. Hence, it is vital that this issue be addressed.