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Monday, 23 November 2015
Page: 8565

Senator FIFIELD (VictoriaManager of Government Business in the Senate, Minister for Communications, Minister for the Arts and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Digital Government) (11:19): I have just been seeking further advice from those intimately involved in this legislation and have been advised that in effect there will be a two-week period between when the first letter comes saying, 'It would appear that you're not compliant' and the next letter advising that payments would be ceasing. So I think that is the time frame that you were seeking advice on. I am further advised that this is in effect the sort of mechanism that is currently in place when providing advice to people that they are not compliant and then a subsequent letter advising what the impact might be on their payments.