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Monday, 18 June 2018
Page: 3181

Senator FIERRAVANTI-WELLS (New South WalesMinister for International Development and the Pacific) (21:46): I've answered this. The reality is that we do not know the circumstances of a particular person. Unless a person comes forward and provides the details of their circumstances and those circumstances can be appropriately examined, that person's circumstances or the appropriateness or otherwise of redress for that person cannot be determined. It's pretty obvious. You apply for something and then you see if you are eligible for receiving benefits from a scheme or from a particular application. I'm sure you've made application for various things in your life and, until you applied, you weren't able to ascertain whether you were actually entitled to it. I'm speaking in the hypothetical.