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Wednesday, 14 October 2015
Page: 7587

Senator SIEWERT (Western AustraliaAustralian Greens Whip) (11:34): So what does that mean? If the community comes up with something and it does not meet the standards or the view, do you say 'no'? This, as I said earlier, is a pretty significant issue. They have a lot of responsibilities on their shoulders. In other committees I have been involved with, on assessments, we were usually given some guidance at least as to what were the minimum expectations, so I would have thought that was a fairly fair thing to do. We are talking about people's access to income support here; it is not an arbitrary thing. There are fairly set rules around it from the government and from others, so surely you would have some minimum level of requirement that you would expect from a community body? If you do not, what would you do if they came up with a scenario that in fact you did not think was acceptable?