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Monday, 18 June 2018
Page: 3163

Senator SIEWERT (Western AustraliaAustralian Greens Whip) (20:36): Is the community just supposed to believe the government—'Trust us that it will be $76,000 and the scheme has to start and we have to get some way down the track before we can find out whether in fact that is correct'? It's a 'trust us', when the community trusted you to implement the royal commission recommendation, which was $200,000, and you came back with $150,000 and said: 'We've got a new formula. The average payment will now be $76,000 and not $65,000, even though we've significantly reduced the cap.' How can we trust you that this is right, if you in fact can't tell us how you got to that figure?