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Wednesday, 30 March 2022
Page: 547


Senator WATT (Queensland) (19:02): In the interest of time, I won't make any extended remarks; I'll just refer people to the second reading speech I gave for the previous bill, the Treasury Laws Amendment (Cost of Living Support and Other Measures) Bill 2022. The sentiments that we expressed in that speech apply here as well. We fully support providing Australians with cost-of-living relief. It's a shame that it's taken this government so long to recognise that people have needed cost-of-living support, it's a shame that it took an impending election before the government delivered cost-of-living support and, of course, it leaves unresolved the matter of wages stagnating under this government, but we are fully supportive of providing the cost-of-living support that these bills, the Excise Tariff Amendment (Cost of Living Support) Bill 2022 and the Customs Tariff Amendment (Cost of Living Support) Bill 2022, seek to provide.