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Monday, 23 November 2015
Page: 8564

Senator DI NATALE (VictoriaLeader of the Australian Greens) (11:14): Just to be clear on that: are you suggesting that each person who might have a child whose vaccination status is listed on the register needs to get onto the register and check to see whether their immunisation information is accurate and up to date; and, if they do not do that and have their payment cut off, they are not going to be given any warning prior to that decision being made? To be frank, that strikes me as completely impractical. I suspect the majority of the community who have children would not have the faintest idea about the existence of an immunisation register. For the onus to be on the individual to make sure their immunisation information is up to date strikes me as a completely unsatisfactory way of dealing with that potential problem.