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Monday, 23 November 2015
Page: 8563

Senator DI NATALE (VictoriaLeader of the Australian Greens) (11:10): Just further to that issue: was any consideration given to perhaps a warning letter or some correspondence flagging that somebody may not be receiving their family tax benefit A supplement and giving them a grace period in which to either seek to update their immunisation or to provide documentary evidence that the information on the register is inaccurate. It seems to me a much more sensible approach would be to at least advise individuals that this change is coming. Family tax benefit A supplement is really important for a lot of families. It might pay for the schoolbooks for the coming year. It might pay for birthday and Christmas presents. It is a really important bit of family support. It just strikes me as a much more sensible measure. We have already expressed our concerns broadly with the bill. There could be some provision or allowance made for individuals to take corrective action before the payment is actually withdrawn. I just wonder whether any consideration has been given in terms of a warning, a grace period et cetera.