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Wednesday, 14 October 2015
Page: 7593


Senator SIEWERT (Western AustraliaAustralian Greens Whip) (11:58): Last night I brought up an issue in my second reading contribution around the use of the card in places that sell, for example, alcohol—and I am thinking of cafes and restaurants in particular. I may be in a cafe for a meal and I may have purchased a glass of wine or a beer. I may be out for a birthday celebration. How is it envisaged that that will actually operate? This is supposed to be non-discriminatory. It is not supposed to be demeaning and it is not supposed to be identifying people, but I could be there at the till, potentially at a restaurant which cannot split bills—most restaurants now do not split bills—how would it then operate with the alcohol component and the meals component?