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Monday, 18 June 2018
Page: 3178

Senator SIEWERT (Western AustraliaAustralian Greens Whip) (21:35): Thank you; I appreciate what you've just said. We're being asked to vote on a bill that a number of us on this side of the chamber have expressed concerns about in terms of lack of clarity over quite a few areas. We're supporting this legislation, as we have articulated, but I'm trying to establish as much as I can about how the services are going to operate; hence these questions. Having said that, on the question of counselling and psychological services, I just want to seek further clarification on whether all survivors will be able to access the 20 sessions that you articulated earlier, regardless of the severity of their abuse. There's no link between severity of abuse and the number of sessions; correct?