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SOCIAL SECURITY AND VETERANS' AFFAIRS (MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENTS) BILL 1986

Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Minister for Veterans' Affairs (Senator Gietzelt)-That this Bill be now read a second time.

Debate resumed.

Senator Peter Baume moved an amendment, viz: At end of motion, add "", but the Senate-

(a) condemns the Government for:

(i) its action in deferring all automatic pension increases due on 1 November 1986,

(ii) its uncaring further 8 month deferral of the poverty traps relief measures,

(iii) its illogical means testing of family allowances for 16 and 17 year olds, and

(iv) its lifting of the rent threshold before a person paying private rent can qualify for rent assistance;

(b) condemns the Government for persisting with its inequitable assets test on pensioners;

(c) strongly protests over the Government's continued assault on veterans and war widows through further restricting access to the Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, and freezing the maximum level of social security component where a war widow is also eligible for an aged pension;

(d) calls on the Government to ensure that a voluntary clearance is obtained from the veteran before proceeding with a claim on the veteran's private health insurance, and points out that this aspect of the Bill seeking recompense for veterans' hospital and medical costs constitutes a breach of the fundamental obligation to look after those who served this country in time of war; and

(e) condemns the Government for taking 3 1/2 years to do anything about social security fraud and yet doing nothing new or positive but relying merely on window dressing and public relations''.

Debate continued.

Question-That the words proposed to be added be added-put.

The Senate divided

AYES, 31

Senators- Alston Archer Baume, Michael Baume, Peter Bjelke-Petersen Boswell Brownhill Carrick, Sir John Collard Crichton-Browne Durack Guilfoyle, Dame Margaret Hamer Harradine Kilgariff (Teller) Knowles Lewis MacGibbon Messner Newman Parer Puplick Reid Sheil Short Teague Townley Vanstone Walters Watson Withers

NOES, 36

Senators- Aulich Black Childs Coates Coleman Colston Cook Cooney Crowley Devlin Elstob Evans Foreman Georges Gietzelt Giles Grimes Haines Jones McClelland McIntosh (Teller) McKiernan Macklin Maguire Mason Morris Powell Ray Richardson Robertson Ryan Sanders Tate Vigor Walsh Zakharov

And so it was negatived.

Main Question-put and passed.

Bill read a second time.

The Senate, according to Order, resolved itself into Committee for the consideration of the Bill.

In the Committee

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole.

The Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Haines), by leave, moved the following amendments together, viz:

Page 2, sub-clause 2 (7), line 10, leave out ""103,'', insert ""103 and''.

Page 2, sub-clause 2 (7), line 10, leave out ""and Part III''.

Page 2, sub-clause 2 (11), lines 20 and 21, leave out the sub-clause.

Page 2, sub-clause 2 (12), line 22, leave out ""78, 79,''.

Page 2, sub-clause 2 (17), lines 34 to 36, leave out the sub-clause.

Debate ensued.

Question-That the amendments be agreed to-put.

The Committee divided-

AYES, 8

Senators- Haines Harradine Macklin (Teller) Mason Powell Sanders Siddons Vigor

NOES, 59

Senators- Alston Archer Aulich Baume, Michael Baume, Peter Bjelke-Petersen Black Boswell Brownhill Carrick, Sir John Childs Coates Coleman Collard Colston Cook Cooney Crichton-Browne Crowley Devlin Durack Elstob Evans Foreman Gietzelt Giles Grimes Guilfoyle, Dame Margaret Hamer Jones Kilgariff Knowles Lewis MacGibbon McIntosh McKiernan Maguire Messner Morris Newman Parer Puplick Ray Reid (Teller) Reynolds Richardson Robertson Ryan Sheil Short Tate Teague Townley Vanstone Walsh Walters Watson Withers Zakharov

Amendments negatived accordingly.

Senator Haines, by leave, moved the following amendments together, viz:

Page 10, paragraph 10 (b), line 3, leave out ""1 May''.

Page 10, paragraph 10 (b), line 4, leave out ""12 June''.

Page 11, paragraph 13 (a), line 4, leave out ""13 December'', insert ""1 November''.

Page 11, paragraphs 13 (b) and (c), lines 5 to 8, leave out the paragraphs.

Debate ensued.

Question-That the amendments be agreed to-put.

The Committee divided-

AYES, 8

Senators- Haines Harradine Macklin (Teller) Mason Powell Sanders Siddons Vigor

NOES, 60

Senators- Alston Archer Aulich Baume, Michael Baume, Peter Bjelke-Petersen Black Boswell Brownhill Carrick, Sir John Childs Coates Coleman Collard Colston Cook Cooney Crichton-Browne Crowley Devlin Durack Elstob Evans Foreman Georges Gietzelt Giles Grimes Guilfoyle, Dame Margaret Hamer Jones Kilgariff Knowles Lewis MacGibbon McIntosh McKiernan Maguire Messner Morris Newman Parer Puplick Ray Reid (Teller) Reynolds Richardson Robertson Ryan Sheil Short Tate Teague Townley Vanstone Walsh Walters Watson Withers Zakharov

Amendments negatived accordingly.

Senator Haines, by leave, moved the following amendments together, viz:

Page 11, clause 14, lines 9 to 11, leave out the clause.

Page 11, clause 15, lines 12 to 14, leave out the clause.

Page 12, clause 17, lines 31 to 33, leave out the clause.

Page 12, clause 18, lines 34 to 36, leave out the clause.

Page 19, paragraph 37 (1) (a), line 30, leave out ""13 December'', insert ""1 November''.

Page 19, paragraphs 37 (1) (b) and (c), lines 31 to 34, leave out the paragraphs.

Page 20, paragraph 37 (2) (c), proposed new sub-paragraph 112aa (5) (a) (i), line 36, leave out ""13 June'', insert ""1 May''.

Page 20, paragraph 37 (2) (c), proposed new sub-paragraph 112aa (5) (a) (ii), line 39, leave out ""13 December'', insert ""1 November''.

Page 21, sub-clauses 38 (2) and (3), lines 19 to 29, leave out the sub-clauses.

Pages 33 and 34, Part III, line 34 (page 33) to line 6 (page 34), leave out the Part.

Page 44, clause 78, lines 13 to 15, leave out the clause.

Page 44, clause 79, lines 16 to 18, leave out the clause.

Page 54, paragraph 95 (1) (a), definition of ""relevant period'', line 32, leave out ""13 December'', insert ""1 November''.

Page 54, paragraphs 95 (1) (b) and (c), lines 33 to 36, leave out the paragraphs.

Page 55, paragraph 95 (2) (b), definition of ""relevant year'', line 4, leave out ""1 May''.

Page 55, paragraph 95 (2) (b), definition of ""relevant year'', line 5, leave out ""12 June''.

Page 56, paragraph 103 (a), definition of ""relevant period'', line 35, leave out ""13 December'', insert ""1 November''.

Page 56, paragraphs 103 (b) and (c), lines 36 to 39, leave out the paragraphs.

Debate ensued.

Question-That the amendments be agreed to-put.

The Committee divided-

AYES, 8

Senators- Haines Harradine Macklin (Teller) Mason Powell Sanders Siddons Vigor

NOES, 57

Senators- Alston Archer Aulich Baume, Michael Baume, Peter Bjelke-Petersen Black Boswell Brownhill Carrick, Sir John Childs Coates Collard Colston Cook Cooney Crichton-Browne Crowley Devlin Durack Elstob Evans Foreman Gietzelt Giles Grimes Guilfoyle, Dame Margaret Hamer Jones Kilgariff Knowles Lewis MacGibbon McIntosh McKiernan Maguire Messner Morris Newman Parer Puplick Ray Reid (Teller) Reynolds Richardson Robertson Sheil Short Tate Teague Townley Vanstone Walsh Walters Watson Withers Zakharov

Amendments negatived accordingly.

Bill agreed to.

Bill to be reported without amendment.

The Acting Deputy-President (Senator Colston) resumed the Chair; and the Chairman of Committees (Senator Hamer) reported accordingly.

On the motion of the Minister for Community Services (Senator Grimes) the Report from the Committee was adopted, and the Bill read a third time.