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Wednesday, 14 October 2015
Page: 7577


Senator LINES (Western Australia) (11:01): Thank you for that, but I am interested in these issues being on the Hansard, because I think it is important for all Australians, particularly those who will be affected by this in the community, to absolutely understand what the process is. I was not suggesting for one moment that the government would deliberately withhold moneys, but we all know what happens when bureaucracy comes into play. The reality is that agencies that deal with cards, such as Centrelink and so on, are not open on Saturday and Sunday. What is the contingency? If somebody has lost their card, do they have to have documents that prove that they are who they say they are to get a replacement? And how do they get access to food on a Sunday morning? It is a legitimate question, and quite frankly the government should have a proper answer to that.