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Wednesday, 14 October 2015
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Senator SIEWERT (Western AustraliaAustralian Greens Whip) (11:05): Before we move on from there, I just want to ask a question. We have been focusing around the actual town of Ceduna. I have had personal experience of this, having had my credit card stolen in a regional centre. It actually took more than two weeks to replace it. I alluded to this point in my contribution to the second reading debate last night. Say I am travelling, for example, to Maningrida for some family and cultural business, and I lose my card on the way, and I am in Maningrida. It is not just about having a stock in Ceduna. I could have gone to Melbourne. I could have gone to Perth. How do I do that? Is everyone going to have a stock? Whichever financial institution is going to do this—and we will get to that in a minute—how can they guarantee that those stocks are going to be there? And how do I get access to cash in the meantime? I was able to access cash when my card was stolen, because I do not have a limit imposed on how much of my salary I can spend in cash. They do, so they will be able to get only a certain amount of cash. How do they get by when they are away, let alone in Ceduna, without being able to access cash before they get their card in those remote centres? And can you guarantee that the same deal that you do for Ceduna will apply everywhere else in Australia?