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Monday, 29 February 2016
Page: 1268


Senator FIERRAVANTI-WELLS (New South WalesMinister for International Development and the Pacific) (13:04): Unlike most occupations in Australia, senators and members have had no protection for workplace injuries and illnesses for the past 14 years. This bill is an important step towards remedying the situation by putting in place the powers to establish a parliamentary injury compensation scheme. I thank senators for their contributions and commend the bill to the Senate.

Question agreed to.

Bill read a second time.